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Power grant turns church lights green

A ‘safe space’ in Lambeth that is used every day by the community, is to turn its lighting green, saving up to 80 per cent on energy use.

From Press releases - 4 November 2019 12:00 AM

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Holy Trinity on Tulse Hill, has been awarded nearly £12,000 by electricity company UK Power Networks, to improve its energy efficiency in the church by installing LED lighting.

Reverend Richard Dormandy said: “Holy Trinity Church has a fantastic space inside with one of the largest ‘unsupported’ roofs in south England. But it takes a huge amount of energy to light - and that's just the main auditorium.  Funding from UK Power Networks means we can afford to change all our lamps and some light fittings to LEDs. This will not only save a good amount of money going forward, but also make a massive difference to the energy consumed.”

“We are building a carbon neutral straw-bale community hall behind the church, so it's good to know that the lighting in our existing building will be in keeping with the new one. While we've been building, the main church lights have been on most days and our bills have skyrocketed.  We're looking forward to seeing a big difference soon, and then the money saved can be put into our social outreach projects. “

Currently the listed building needs an 8-12ft tower just to change a light bulb in the main auditorium, so they wait until several need changing. Now, thanks to the £11,700 Power Partners grant for LED bulbs, they will last three times longer.

The church is home to a social club for vulnerable adults, debt and money advice clinics, a senior citizens group, toddler group and youth club and is used by local schools and the community for events and concerts. The church also supports migrants and asylum seekers.

The Power Partners fund was launched this year to help local groups and charities make their buildings more energy efficient, or train advisors to help residents escape fuel poverty. This second round of grants sees a total of £113,608 awarded, with UK Power Networks committing to the fund until 2023. The company delivers electricity across London, the East and South East regardless of who residents pay their energy bills to.

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “After a highly successful first round of Power Partners funding, we are delighted to award eight organisations with grants that will specifically help them to create more energy efficient spaces. We’ve already had some fantastic feedback from previous Power Partners who have used their grants to put energy efficient upgrades in place that have already made a substantial difference to cost and energy efficiency.”

Power Partners will reopen for more applications in February 2020. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) for updates and more information