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£16,000 grant sees green solar energy installed at Otford Village Memorial Hall

A village hall in Otford near Sevenoaks has installed solar panels in a move that will slash its electricity bills and reduce its carbon footprint. 

Otford Village Memorial Hall received a grant of £16,189 from Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain) to install 28 solar panels and a battery storage unit, which will result in a saving of more than £800 per year on the Hall’s electricity bills and reduce its CO2 output by 3.2 tonnes. 

Derek Buck, Honorary Treasurer at Otford Village Memorial Hall, said: “Otford Village Memorial Hall is the centre of the community and plays an important role for the residents of Otford and District and the numerous groups that use the Hall every week. The saving on our annual electricity costs will free up additional funds to help us bring the facility up to modern standards and secure the Hall’s long-term future. Additionally, by reducing CO2 emissions the project will contribute to improving the environment for everyone. 

“We are extremely grateful to Enovert Community Trust for this generous grant which has covered the full installation costs for the new solar panels; without the Trust’s support the project would not have been possible.” 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: "Embracing renewable energy is key to making our economy and society sustainable, and the Trustees were delighted to provide a grant to install solar panels at Otford Village Memorial Hall. The Hall will now benefit from significant savings on its energy costs, helping to secure its long-term future as a vital community resource.”