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Holiday firm puts price on green energy

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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A Cornwall holiday company has donated a percentage of its income from a solar energy scheme to a green community fund.

The Hawkey family, who own The Olde House in Chapel Amble near Wadebridge, have donated £500 to the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN).

They installed a 242 kilowatt solar array on their 550-acre farm, which also has 30 self-catering cottages, last summer to help power their business and move towards becoming carbon-neutral.

Owner Andrew Hawkey said: "Many solar farms are required to make a donation to local community funds as part of their renewable energy deal. Although this doesn't apply to us, we thought it would still be nice to give something back to our community.

"WREN are at the forefront of renewable energy both in Cornwall and the UK. We have been a member for the last two years as we share a common goal and they were very helpful when we were securing planning permission.

"It is nice to be able to say thank you and to help other local people generate green energy."

Jerry Clark, technical director at WREN, said: "It is great to have co-operation like this from people in the area. It is also fantastic that The OIde House are producing so much energy and are able to pass the benefits on to others."

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