Below is a selection of projects from the community projects we have assisted with the British Airways Carbon Fund; 48 projects have been completed and another 5 are presently being delivered. More than £3,400,000 of lifetime community benefit generated by completed projects. Completed projects have also impacted the lives of 525,000 people across the UK and in Africa.
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KLAS Care Family Centre
KLAS Care CIC worked with LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) to transform a dilapidated janitor’s house on the grounds of East Fulton Primary school into a modern community space that provides affordable childcare for low income families. The British Airways Carbon Fund allowed for the installation of a raft of energy efficiency measures which ensure running costs are kept to a minimum and the building has a low carbon footprint.
Cooperative of Leicestershire Organic Growers
The Cooperative of Leicestershire Organic Growers (CLOG) has worked with the British Airways Carbon Fund on two innovative, impactful projects. The first, in 2018, was to install a solar PV water pump and irrigation system, which has proved to be invaluable during periods of dry weather. In 2019 CLOG received a second grant to develop a passive cold store, built with sustainable materials and solar panels which has massively increased its capacity to store fresh produce in a sustainable way and reduce food wastage, contributing to the overall sustainability of the cooperative.
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.
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.
Springhead Trust Case Study
In 2019 The Springhead Trust worked with the British Airways Carbon Fund to install a range of energy efficiency measures to help reduce costs and increase its sustainability. Based in Dorset, the Trust is a rural environmental and educational centre that aims to promote the value of rural life and natural resources. The project was delivered in collaboration with Low Carbon Dorset who were also co-funders.
St Mary’s Church Case Study
In 2017 St Mary’s Church in Mulbarton, Norfolk received funding from the British Airways Carbon Fund to install a new renewable heating system. Prior to this, the Church was reliant on outdated and inadequate heating which was expensive and not fit for purpose. This had an impact on the Church’s activities, particularly in winter months when often the church was too cold for a number of its congregation. This had a big impact on a community as social isolation is high and the Church is a key focal point.
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.
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.
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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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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You can also find out more on Melosheb’s own website here!
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 two 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
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.
Sleaford Tennis Club Case Study