Community Solar PV for the Pollyfield Centre

by Atlantic Community Energy in Bideford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th August 2018 we successfully raised £5,418 with 150 supporters in 45 days

To raise funds for solar panels at the Pollyfield to make their energy cleaner and more affordable, whilst also fighting fuel poverty.

by Atlantic Community Energy in Bideford, England, United Kingdom

5th position in the competition

5th place in the M&S Energy Fund 2018 - Most raised

3rd position in the competition

3rd place in the M&S Energy Fund 2018 - Most supporters

The Problem... Rising energy bills

The Pollyfield Centre is a bedrock of the community in East-the-Water and the wider Bideford area, providing a range of vital services and social spaces for local residents since 1982. However, as familiar to many of us, rising utility costs have become a burden on the trustees - whose hard work despite these challenges has ensured the centre continues to thrive.


The Solution... Renewable energy!

Nevertheless, in order to give added financial security to the Pollyfield and its users in the years to come, the installation of solar panels has been proposed. This will not only slash the centre's utility bills by approximately £700 / year, freeing up funds for community lunches, coffee mornings and other maintenance but also reduce its carbon emissions by 1660 kg/year.


Finally, the project aims to tackle fuel poverty in the wider population through the tariff income generated by the solar panels. In parts of Torridge, more than 1 in 5 households severely struggle with paying to heat and power their home.  North Devon based 361 Energy CIC are established in delivering a reduction in fuel poverty via home visits and advice clinics. The exact revenue will depend on the timing of the tariff accreditation but could provide up to £475 towards supporting their work locally, through seasonal energy clinics to be hosted at the Pollyfield itself.


361 have been working alongside Bideford Town Council to set up a renewable project under the name Atlantic Community Energy (ACE). The basic idea of ACE is to secure revenue from local clean electricity generation to tackle fuel poverty in the area. We are currently investigating the feasibility of larger projects, so this could be the start of something big!

Thank you  from all of us at the Pollyfield Centre


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£3 or more

Entry into the great Bideford mystery raffle

Every donation over £3 will be considered in our grand prize draw to be carried out at our event on Friday 27th July.

£8 or more

Pollyfield Summer Energy Party/Quiz on 27 July

Please join us at our first Summer Energy Party and quiz (details on Facebook) to celebrate this crowdfunding campaign.

£10 or more

Face on a collage as a gesture of thanks

Your face on a collage to be displayed in the Pollyfield for all attendees of event and anyone who can't make it but donates this much or more, as a thanks for helping fundraise.

£30 or more

3 of 15 claimed

Free maths tutoring from Joe Day

Joe has been working as an undergraduate maths tutor and is more than happy to share this skill with A-level, GCSE or younger pupils for 1 hour if the £30 donation is matched. Please contact Joe plenty in advance to redeem this.

£40 or more

Free hire of the Pollyfield facilities

You and your friends or organisation will be entitled to either 2 hours of the main hall or 4 hours of the smaller function room/skittles hall, free of charge. Subject to availability, so please contact the Pollyfield in plenty of advance for when you intend to redeem!

£65 or more

Pollyfield hire and free tuition

Donate this much and you will receive both the £30 and £40 level rewards.

£250 or more

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Solar panel to be 'named' after you/your business

One of the 24 panels will be ceremonially named after the contributor along with an engraving on the line of a brass plaque to be displayed in the Pollyfield Centre, a unique advertisement in permanent recognition of your generosity!

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