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Perranporth SLSC Solar Scheme


Perranporth surf club is one of the oldest surf clubs in Perranporth and has a vision to go solar, to increase sustainability and reduce carbon. By installing solar panels on the club, they hope to generate enough electricity to meet 80% of their electricity needs and reduce running costs. The initial capital costs of £10,000 which were required for Phase 1 of this project were raised in February this year through a crowd funding scheme with Method contributing £1,000, alongside funding of £5000 from the Cornwall Climate and Nature Fund and donations from 150 other supporters.

The club has worked with Onshore Solar, Perranporths local solar installer to specify the high grade panels which are able to withstand the most exposed conditions, and still deliver high efficiency (generating around 4000kwh of electricity a year). 

In addition to supporting the initial fundraising appeal Method has committed to working with the club on a pro-bono basis to help develop the scope phase 2 project which involves removing the failing gas boiler, upgrading the hot water system and carrying out other decarbonising works. We look forward to updating you with further details later on in the year.

Challenges

  • Perranporth Surfclub is a very exposed location, and the panels specified needed to be able to withstand strong winds, salty marine air and relentless sandblasting

Benefits

  • Help to significantly reduce the surf clubs carbon footprint
  • Reduce our energy costs and improve the operation of the clubhouse