The Steyning Downland Scheme engages the local community and young people in particular, in enhancing the natural beauty of 165 acres of the South Downs National Park for the benefit of the community, the land and its wildlife. They are a registered charity, run in accordance with Christian values, partnering with the Wiston Estate, the National Park Authority, A Rocha UK and local volunteers.
The Charity has recently completed the construction of a new 'gateway' building at the entrance to their Nature Reserve for use by schools, community groups and the general public.
Matthew Thomas, Project Manager at the Downland Scheme, contacted Bright Spark Energy to work with the Scheme to provide power to the Gateway Building to charge tools and electronic learning resources and lighting for function and external lighting for Solar PV.
The Gateway Building provided a number of challenges. Because of the age of the distribution network in the area, providing mains electricity was not a cost-effective option so our Solar PV design team had to come up with a number of other options.
At Bright Spark we have a history of designing and installing off grid Solar PV systems with battery storage, so we designed a bespoke Solar PV system for the Downland Schemes Gateway Building. The Off-Grid System included:
· 260w Yingli Solar Panels x 5
· Victron Blue Solar MPPT
· Victron Phoenix Inverter
· Victron Super AGM Super Cycle M8 Batteries x 2
· New Distribution Board with new LED IP rated Lighting, External Bulkheads with MW sensors and an LED PIR Spotlight.
The system will have the following characteristics:
The team at the Gateway were very happy with the end result.
“We’re extremely grateful to Bright Spark Energy for helping us out with a power supply for the Gateway” said Matthew Thomas, SDS Project Manager. “Now we can fit lighting inside, which will be a huge help, particularly for those short, winter days when we do most of our habitat conservation work”.
Donating the System to the Downland Scheme.
We were so excited about the project we decided to sponsor the gateway building by donating the Solar PV system with battery storage and the LED lighting.
“Part of our ethos is to invest our time and profits back into working on local community projects such as the Steyning Downland Scheme. I was very impressed by the work they have been doing and the positive impact it will have on the local schools and wider community. Mark Stevenson, Managing Director, Bright Spark Energy.