Solar bid for charity

New solar panels at YHA
New solar panels at YHA

A Matlock–based charity is doing its bit to reduce its carbon footprint.

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA), in Dimlpe Road, has installed solar panels on its roof.

The move was made in a bid to slice its environmental impact by approximately ten tonnes of carbon each year.

On a typical sunny day this will mean a saving of up 85 per cent of the energy consumed during office hours.

Callum Irvine, who leads YHA’s sustainability initiatives, said he believes the panels could help produce 23,000kWh of ‘free’ energy.

He said: “As part of the installation we will look at having a reception based ‘energy monitor’, so that visitors here have the opportunity to engage in this big step forwards to become environmentally sustainable.”