Brendon Energy has set up a series of Community Funds that feed back profits from green energy generation into the local area. For some of the smaller installations the community funds go back to the host organisation for distribution. This is the case for the village halls at Churchinford, Brompton Regis, Taunton Quaker Meeting House and Wellington Bowls Club.
The community funds set up so far that are separate from the host building are:
- 10 Parishes Community Fund (supported by the 2 installations in Wiveliscombe)
- Wellington Community Fund (supported by the Wellington Rugby Club)
So far the money distributed by the 10 Parishes Community Fund has totalled £6,000 (£500 in 2012: £500 in 2013, £2,500 in 2014 and 2,500 in 2015).
Suggestions for the 10 parishes Fund are sought every year and voted on by members at the AGM. To apply for the 2016 distribution download the 10 Parishes Community Fund Form here. It is estimated that £2,500 will be available for distribution.
Brendon Energy has made the following community donations from the 10 Parishes Fund.
All were decided by BE members at Annual General Meetings.
- £250 to UNICEF for aid to refugee children from Syria
- £360 to Wivey Action on Climate for LED lightbulb promotion
- £315 to In the Mix Youth project for enhancing the facilities of the Youth Cafe
- £900 to Wivey Pool towards the cost of a new awning
- £675 to High Park Music for new instruments
- £500 to The Paddocks Nursery to enhance the garden
- £500 to the Kingsmead International Exchange for the Zambia Exchange programme
- £500 to the Wiveliscombe Community Centre for a water efficient urinal system
- £250 to the In The Mix Youth Project for ICT equipment for a apprentice youth worker
- £400 to Wivey Link
- £100 to Wiveliscombe RFC Juniors for a new noticeboard
- £250 to the UNHCR Syria appeal for cooking equipment for refugees
- £200 to Wivey Link
- £200 for goal posts on Wiveliscombe Recreation Ground
- £50 towards kit for Wiveliscombe Rugby FC
- £50 to Practical Action for solar pumps in Kenya
Other benefits to scheme hosts
Hosts of Brendon Energy’s projects also benefit from being able to use the solar electricity generated. Wiveliscombe Children’s Centre electricity bills are reduced by about £1,600 per annum from the free use of solar electricity generated on their roof.