Energy Efficiency & Solar PV • 2010
The Percy Community Centre in Bath is a 1960s Council building run as a youth activity facility offering important resources such as computing, music, sports and trainings for over 50,000 users a year. The Centre Manager has been working to develop a culture which embraces sustainability as a fundamental guiding principle and the Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) support was achieved to look at energy efficiency and renewable energy technology options.
What emerged from RDC’s work (with partners Lock-In Energy) was the most effective energy options being cavity wall insulation, lighting controls staff monitoring and a 14 kWp solar array on the flat roof. These measures have been estimated to save 20,000 kWh per year and a reduction in energy bills of £2,500, adding up to a carbon saving of 15 tonnes per annum. Despite being in the middle of Bath, through careful design, the solar PV array has now achieved planning permission and following the success of achieving a CSEP grant, the remaining funds are now being sought.