Bridges Community Centre

Gwent Energy CIC installed EV charging points at Bridges Community Centre to recharge the community bus and for locals to recharge their vehicles.

500
Est. number of people
who benefit directly

Four charge points: two 3.6kW, one 7kW and one 22kW
Closeup picture of our 22kW charge point attached to a contactless payment

Our story

Bridges Community Centre is a place for our local community to come together. It's a meeting point that provides a vital range of activities for people living locally, as well as providing transport in the form of a community bus for anyone who is isolated.

What better venue could there be for renewable energy, than somewhere that everyone will benefit from it?!

Gwent Energy CIC installed a 10kWp solar PV system on the roof of the community centre. This powers the centre, which is fantastic for reducing the energy bills. This project was a little bit different though, as we wanted to provide even more community benefit.

We installed four electric vehicle charge points: one 22kWh, two 7.2kWh and one 3.6kWh.

Payments can be made by contactless direct debit, which is great while you're on the go or popping in to take part in an activity. We ask people to bring their own cable – if you've got an electric car it's an important thing to have. We can't always be at the centre, so it also means you can charge your car anytime.

The chargers have been a great success, and their presence means that more people are able to visit the area sustainably. We have installed a number of chargers with council permission, and these should encourage more visitors for business and tourism, which is great for local businesses.

Since August 2020 the Trustees have also used the chargers to power the community bus!

Our advice

Now that FIT and similar funding from government is no longer available, we are having to think about how we will fund future projects. It's a challenge to invest in fantastic renewables projects like this because although it results in huge energy bill savings, the initial cost is quite high and the capital isn't easy to come by.
As well as providing much-needed funds for our community centre, we hope the chargers will inspire local residents to get an electric car if they're able to. Having a charger close to home, and at a local hub for activities, could take away the worry of where to charge your car. It's a great way to cut local air pollution and reduce our local environmental footprint.
Community organisations that provide free transport for vulnerable people needing to attend appointments, or meal on wheel deliveries, rely heavily on keeping costs low. By switching to an electric vehicle and powering it using a solar PV system, this project ticks so many positive boxes.

Our metrics

  • Miles travelled by electric vehicles

Read more: https://gwentenergycic.org/

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