Drumarg Community Association Go Solar

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier, has helped Drumarg Community Association make the switch to solar after being a finalist in Power NI’s BIG Energy Saving Challenge competition.

The community group from Armagh was rewarded with £7,500 to kick start their energy saving crusade within their community and have done this by investing in solar PV panels for their community hall.  Now, not only can Drumarg generate their own electricity, but they have made their community more energy efficient which was one of the main aims behind the BIG Energy Saving Challenge. Other benefits of solar PV mean they can now generate extra income by selling any unused electricity back to Power NI. 

Drumarg’s group representative Stephen McCleary said; “We were committed to working with Power NI to introduce energy saving measures that the whole community could benefit from, now with solar PV, our community is becoming a more energy efficient place. 

We would like to thank Power NI for all their help and support over the past year.” Neil Coleman, Power NI project coordinator added ”It’s fantastic to see how far the Drumarg Community Association has come since the beginning of this competition.

We enjoyed working with them and are delighted they have taken all of our energy saving advice onboard.  Solar PV is an excellent investment which will be very beneficial for the community now, and in years to come.” As part of the year-long BIG Energy Saving Challenge, Drumarg community hall benefitted from loft insulation, energy saving lights and energy efficient appliances.

Power NI also funded insulation for homes in the area as well as boiler servicing and carbon monoxide alarms. For more information on how you can take steps to save energy in your home or further information on boiler servicing, insulation schemes or solar visit www.powerni.co.uk/savingenergy or  call free on 0800 0321 894*  (* Lines open Mon to Fri 9am-5pm

Photo Caption: Neil Coleman from Power NI pictured with representatives from Drumarg Community Association who made it to the final of the BIG Energy Saving Challenge