A community centre in Market Deeping has halved its electricity costs by installing solar panels and LED lighting.
The investment is part of a wider programme to reduce the running costs and improve facilities for the volunteers, customers and businesses who use the Deepings Centre on Douglas Road.
Cathy Pridgeon, chairman of the Deepings Community Trust which runs the centre, said: “We are staffed entirely by volunteers but we still have to raise £1,500 a week to keep the centre open. We have no sustainable grants from local or central government.
“These energy efficiency measures have significantly reduced our energy costs as well as making the centre more attractive to users.”
The measures have been funded through S106 monies from the Persimmon housing development on Godsey Lane, Market Deeping.
Further green initiatives at the centre are awaiting the go-ahead from South Kesteven District Council including more effective use of natural light, passive ventilation and a new atrium within the building.
Ashley Baxter, who runs the Hydrostat energy consultancy based in Market Deeping, assisted with the scheme.
He said: “We managed the opportunity in a way which not only guarantees an income from the centre for the next 20 years, but also showcases emerging technologies and how they can be integrated into existing community buildings.”
The LED lights, installed by Langtoft-based Cawoods Electrical, use less than half the energy of fluorescent tubes.
The solar PV panels, installed by Redmile Solar, are capable of generating up to 10kW electricity.
Any surplus electricity is sold back to the national grid.