Dorset’s biggest private landlord is turning green after installing over 200 solar panels on the roof of its HQ – allowing it to charge its new electric car.
DWP Housing Partnership has invested £60,000 in the photovoltaic (PV) panels on its premises in St Clements Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth.
The 50kw system converts sun into electricity and provides plenty of power for the 30 or 40 people of their 100 staff who work in the building at any one time. It also means that the first of the partnership’s electric cars can be charged directly from the sunlight hitting the roof. The Nissan LEAF vehicle has proved a success and is used daily by rent consultants. When fully charged it has a range of 124 miles, although typically does half that in a day. It is no different from driving a normal car apart from the lack of noise, and it accelerates from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds and has a top speed of 98mph. When not being driven the car sits in its parking bay and is connected to the charger.
Following a year of fundraising and the recent auction of its three Pride of Bournemouth Lions, Sovereign Shopping Centre has raised almost £2,500 for Coda Fiddle, a Boscombe based youth music project. The auction also raised over £1,600 for the Rotary Club of Westbourne.
Sovereign Shopping Centre selected Coda Fiddle as its annual charitable cause in recognition of its work providing children in Boscombe with a positive outlet for their creative energy. The Rotary Club of Westbourne, a long standing partner of the Sovereign Shopping Centre, runs multiple community events and activities in the centre throughout the year, including the popular Santa’s Grotto.
The Lions’ auction was led by Julian Sandy, the outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Westbourne, following the donation of the Lions by the Sovereign Shopping Centre. The auction took place at a business networking event on Friday 13th June at the Norfolk Hotel, Bournemouth.