Case Studies

Below is a selection of projects from the 48+ we have assisted with the British Airways Carbon Fund. Download the case studies to learn more about the projects we work with and our professional partners. If there is something specific that you would like to know about, but can’t find any information on here, please get in touch.

Nkeyema Rural Health Centre

In 2019, the British Airways Carbon Fund started working with the charity Village Water to fund a programme of solar water pumps across rural Zambia. The first project was installed at the Nkeyema Rural Health Centre in the west of the country, where the existing, broken hand pump was replaced with a solar powered one. This highly efficient pump is capable of drawing 1,666 litres per hour, which ensures there is a constant supply of clean water both for the health centre and surround community.

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Hamstreet Sports Pavillion

In 2018, Hamstreet & District Sports and Leisure Association received a grant from the British Airways Carbon Fund for the installation of roof mounted solar PV on the community’s sports pavilion. The Association is 100% volunteer led and the pavilion is extensively used by a wide variety of groups. It is also the venue of a number of key community events such as the village fair and annual firework night.

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The Safety Zone

In Summer 2019, The Safety Zone, which provides a much needed, safe community space is in a deprived area outside Glasgow, received a grant from the British Airways Carbon Fund to upgrade the lighting in its building to energy efficient, LED alternatives. The grant, although small, has greatly improved the safety and usability of the centre for its community.n.

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We’ll Meet Again Museum

In Summer 2018, the We’ll Meet Again Museum installed an 11kWp solar PV system on the roof of the militaria building together with 6.6kW of battery storage. The Museum in Lincolnshire is an important educational facility that teaches children about WW2 from the perspective of the home front and the Home Guard. Opened in 2017, it has already hosted around 19,000 school children.

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Thistles Garden Centre 

In Autumn 2018, Thistles Garden Centre recieved a grant to install an 11.73kWp roof mounted solar PV array and an 11kWp air source heat pump. The Centre provides a safe and stable environment where adults with learning disabilities are able to grow produce that is then sold to the local community.

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Bowden House

Bowden House is a school in Seaford that supports students with a range of complex social, emotional and mental health difficulties. In 2018 they installed a 82kW roof mounted solar PV across several of its buildings.


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Melosheb School

In Summer 2018, Melosheb School in Zambia recieved a grant to install a 1.7kWp roof mounted solar PV array and four lithium ion batteries. The school is located in the outskirts of the captial Lusaka. This has provided electricity for the first time which has allowed for the introduction of IT at the school, and also means that staff and pupils can work at the school in a safe environment after dark.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy Case Study

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000 acre, not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Kenya. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa and home to the last three remaining northern white rhinos. In 2016 the British Airways Carbon Fund helped fund the replacement of diesel powered water pump with a solar PV powered pump at the conservancy. The solar PV is also powering the latest TV Whitespace Technology, which allows broadband to be transmitted for up to 15km from the pump and is available for use by the local community and schools.

The solar PV also enables data on the pump and solar PV to be transmitted via GPRS, allowing issues to be identified and managed quickly. The conservancy is located in a drought prone area and the project will enable them to monitor and manage their water usage for the first time.

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Fenham Swimming Pool Case Study

After being closed by Newcastle City Council in 2003, Fenham Swimming Pool was re-opened two years later as a charitable organisation with the support of the local community.

The charity continues to look for ways to reduce running costs in order to deliver a self-financing service for users of the facility and in 2012 they decided to install 53kW of solar thermal panels. This was supported by grant funding and a £16,300 loan from Pure Leapfrog and has reduced the running costs of the centre, enabling them to provide a clean and welcoming environment for the local community to swim in.

The project generates nearly £50,000 of community benefit and will save 239 tonnes of carbon over the project lifetime. The number of people using the pool per year has increased rom 76,000 to 80,000.

The funding from Pure Leapfrog will ensure that the pool can go continue serving the local community in the future. The difference the panels made to the pool bills was particularly noticeable during the winter months.

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