Location: Desford is a village in the Hinckley and Bosworth district, 7 miles (11 km) west of the centre of Leicester.
Aim: The installation of a 23kWp solar PV array and other environmental measures as part of a wider refurbishment of a community sports centre.
Background: Sport in Desford (SiD) is a community-owned sports centre and charity set up to promote and provide sports facilities including bowls, tennis, football, recreational fitness and running.
Activities: SiD received funding from Sport England, the Leicestershire County Council Shire grant scheme, a low interest loan from the PURE Community Energy Trust and private donations to provide the capital funds.The installation was completed just prior to the March 2012 deadline for the change in FIT rates, but even at the reduced FIT rate the loan repayments would have been largely covered by the generation tariff. Other environmental measures undertaken included extensive extra insulation, switching from propane fuel to natural gas and rainwater harvesting for watering the bowls green.
Results: The panels generate around 20,000 kWh of electricity per year and have a lifetime of over 25 years. They provide SiD with an income of around £3000 a year.
PURE’s UK projects
PURE’s case study of Sport in Desford
Sport in Desford’s report about the installation of solar panels