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Local charities boosted by reduced electricity tariff



Belfast based environment charity Action Renewables has seen a rise in the number of applications for renewable energy support since utility prices have been soaring in recent months.  In 2013, Action Renewables developed a programme of support for locally based non-profit organisations with the aim of helping them to generate renewable electricity.  Action Renewables as a charity aim to mitigate against the effects of climate change, and through their Solar PV programme organisations are benefitting from the installation of solar panels, along with a reduced electricity tariff.

Two recent recipients of the support are Transport Training Board in Crumlin and Carrickfergus Sea Cadets – both non-profit organisations that were keen to secure the support on offer from Action Renewables.    Head of Projects, William Deane said “As an organisation we are thrilled to see these installations take place in Crumlin and Carrickfergus, which will be of great benefit to both charities.  They will see a drop in their operational costs due to the reduced renewable electricity tariff which can see savings of up to 50% as part of the programme plus a reduction in their carbon footprint through the production of green electricity.  As a country we are striving towards zero emissions by 2050, so to support local non-profit organisations with this journey through our charitable outreach, is extremely rewarding.” 

Nigel Thompson of Carrickfergus Sea Cadets said “We are thrilled to have received this programme of support allowing us to generate our own renewable electricity for the Sea Cadets building.  As a non-profit organisation we have been experiencing a sharp rise in operational costs from electricity usage and to have been successful in securing this funding from Action Renewables, which will help us reduce our electricity costs has been fantastic.  With the winter months upon us this couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Michael Strain of Transport Training Board said “Transport Training Board are proud to be working alongside Action Renewables, in a true demonstration of collaborative working across Social Enterprises.  The installation of 38 solar panels on the roof of our light vehicle workshop compliments TTB’s commitment to renewable energies.  We jumped at the chance to partake in this Action Renewables initiative, and as the cost of electric starts to spiral out of control the installation of our system in June, could not have been better timed. The system was installed efficiently with no disruption to our working day and was rewarding us with cheaper energy from the outset, returning any surplus to the grid! “

Action Renewables are working with several accredited installers on the project, which has been managed via a tender process, with Solmatix Renewables responsible for delivering these installations.

Action Renewables administer the NI Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and excess electricity export for over 7000 renewable energy customers in Northern Ireland.  Their Northern Ireland based customer service team are ready to assist new customers who have renewable energy installed and who want to switch over to Action Renewables by calling 028 9072 7760. 

To find out more about the Solar PV Programme and to apply online click here.

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