Solar Farm helps 80 households out of poverty

Thanks to a grant from Wight Community Energy, a local community benefit society, The Footprint Trust charity will be able to help 80 households out of fuel poverty. The Trust will be helping Islanders be prepared for winter, by carrying out a number of home visits to those on low income, who struggle to keep warm.

Wight Community Energy generate green power supplying energy to over 1,000 homes from their solar farm, the profits from which are shared with their members and used to help fight fuel poverty on the Isle of Wight. Fuel poverty is generally defined as those households spending 10% of more of their income on fuel for their home, which effects around 1 in 10 of Island homes.

Speaking for the Trust Laura Stichbury said,

“We are very grateful for the support from Wight Community Energy, some 160 people will now be able to keep warm and well thanks to the grant we have received from the Community Fund. We save most households around £300 on their utility bills.”

“Every winter we come across pensioners and young families making the choice between heating and eating, often over-paying for their energy, and not understanding how to use heating systems to best effect.”

The Trust also highlighted that as a result of energy efficiency measures to be carried out, Carbon dioxide emissions had been cut by around 130 tonnes.

To get help from the Footprint Trust please email them or call 01983 822282.