Charity catching rays

Salvation Army Building Bridlington'New Solar Panels installed'pictured'(Salvation Army captain)Kath Ward, Marcus Payne, David Payne, Paul  Chiverton
Salvation Army Building Bridlington'New Solar Panels installed'pictured'(Salvation Army captain)Kath Ward, Marcus Payne, David Payne, Paul Chiverton

BRIDLINGTON’S Salvation Army will be hoping the sun shines on them all through the year to make the most of their new solar panels.

A generous donation from a benefactor has enabled the charity to give its Wellington Road base an eco-overhaul and new photovoltaic and solar thermal panels have now been installed on the building’s roof

Green Energy Solutions provided the 18 Solarworld photo-voltaic panels, which collectively will provide 3.96 KWP of electricity every hour.

As part of the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, where electricity generated is fed back into the national grid, The Salvation Army stands to benefit from between £1,400 and £1,800 per year.

In addition, three Hewalex solar panels also installed on the building’s roof have the capacity to heat 300 litres of water and will reduce the building’s annual heating bills by 70%.

Paul Chiverton, regional development manager for The Salvation Army, said: “The decision to use sustainable energy was a simple one as it made complete financial sense.

“We are benefiting on a month-by-month basis from vastly reduced electricity and water heating bills.”

Katherine Ward, the Corps Officer, added: “The kind donations we receive are heavily directed towards our work with those in greatest need, rather than maintaining our property and it’s important that our donors know that.

“So this very generous donation has been astutely and effectively used as an investment in our building to gain maximum effect and allow us to continue our work.”