Alderholt solar farm's community fund reaches £30,000 milestone

Alderholt solar farm's community fund reaches £30,000 milestone

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:53am 22nd May 2020.

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The latest support for the village on the Wiltshire/Dorset border includes a donation to the Alderholt Coronavirus Response Group.

The Crossroads solar farm, which was set up in 2015 and is owned by renewable power company, Good Energy, has now put £30,000 into the community.

The company's committed to keeping that fund open for another 25 years, giving £7,000 to projects in the local area each year.

Alderholt Crossroads Solar Farm
Alderholt's Crossroads Solar Farm has become an important part of the local community

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

The fund's supported 27 causes in Alderholt in the five years since it's been set up, including altering the village speed indicator signs to run on solar power, funding camping equipment for two youth groups, and buying timber for some local allotments.

St James's First School in the village has also had support - towards building a new school library and for new IT equipment like laptops and iPads.

Alderholt Solar Farm Community Fund Defibrillator
A telephone box in Alderholt has been coverted into a defibrillator thanks to the solar farm community fund

The most recent donation has been £1,300 towards the village coronavirus response fund.

Chairman James Grazebrook, said: 

"This is a difficult time, but our community is doing its best to look out for one other. The crisis is affecting everyone in this country, and we knew we had to do something on our own doorstep. In the short years since it was setup the fund has played a major role in supporting the local community. That good work will continue as we recover from coronavirus, and in the years to come."

Alderholt Crossroads Solar Farm
The community fund set up in conjunction with the Alderholt solar farm has now raised £30,000

Juliet Davenport, Good Energy's CEO and Founder, said: 

"Good Energy has always strived to work closely with communities on renewable projects and our community funds were created to improve people's lives and respond to local needs. We are proud to see the Alderholt Community is leading the way with Good Energy tackling difficulties caused by coronavirus. The fund is a great example of how renewable energy brings real benefits to communities, alongside clean, green power."

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