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Local Community Group is successful in passing 1st stage of national competition to win share of £400,000 prize pot to install green energy


18th August 2015

A local community energy project established by Lon y Bugail Trust (Chirk Bunkhouse) in Chirk is in the running for a share of a £400,000 prize fund courtesy of the Marks & Spencer Energy Community Energy Fund.

The Trust has now launched a campaign calling for the local community in Wrexham to show its support after it was shortlisted in this national renewable community energy project competition.

The Trust wish to install solar panels and new heating to their community hall and bunkhouse to enable them to have a green energy source, reduce their expenditure on heating and also provide a sustainable income source.

Chair of the Trustees, Raymond Smith, said “ Securing this funding by winning this competition will enable us to install solar panels and provide our facilities at more competitive rates to our users by reducing our running costs and also help us increase our usage all year round by improving the comfort of the building by improved our heating.”

“Our project is really important as it will improve the quality of facilities provided for young people. It will also enable us to be more competitive in attracting higher usage and more visitors to the area by increasing occupancy levels in our bunkhouse accommodation all year round.”

M&S Energy launched the M&S Energy Community Fund earlier this summer, with up to £400,000 available to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.

M&S Energy will be awarding two national awards of £40,000 and £20,000, regional funding awards for projects across Great Britain that require a maximum of £12,500 and a Judges’ prize of £15,000 for the most innovative or inspiring project. Following the initial shortlisting phase, the competition is now open to the public vote.

Lon y Bugail Trust now needs your support and encourages you to please get online and vote for their solar project at. https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28366/

Chirk North local Councillor & Deputy Leader of Wrexham Council Ian Roberts said: “I’m really excited to support the Trust and am looking forward to seeing the results if they are successful. It will be a massive benefit for the local community if they do receive the funding”. Terry Evans Councillor Chirk South and Trustee said “This is a great achievement, the Trustees are working very hard to improve the facilities provided and to get through the first stage of this completion is a marvellous achievement. We just need to encourage the people of Wrexham to support us to secure the funding now.”

For more information on the project and to vote please visit https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28366/.

For more information please contact: Raymond Smith Chair of Trustees at chirkbunkhouse@gmail.com

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