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Swea Celebrates A Decade Of Sustainable Energy

Press Release
29 Jul 2010

An independent sustainable energy organisation in Gloucestershire has celebrated its 10th anniversary with the launch of a new solar electric system, thanks to a £19,327 grant from the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust.

Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) is a not-for-profit educational charity dedicated to promoting sustainable energy and reducing fuel poverty in communities in South West England and Wales. This month it unveiled its new 35m2 photovoltaic panel system, installed on the roof of its Gloucester office.

The new installation is expected to offset approximately 25% of the organisation’s annual electricity consumption, as well as being used as an educational tool for school groups and others visiting the SWEA office. Close monitoring and statistical analysis of the power generated as well as local weather conditions such as solar radiation, wind speeds and temperature will be used to help children understand the contribution that solar power can make to our energy needs in the UK.

Alison Mckean, Senior Environmental and Social Policy Manager at ScottishPower and Trustee for the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, said:

“It has been a real pleasure for us to witness the official launch of SWEAs new solar panel system. This is a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to set a good example to the communities it works with.”

“The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust supports the development of new renewable energy sources across the UK. Working in partnership with SWEA, who are recognised specialists in this field, has been extremely fruitful, and we wish the organisation and its staff lots of luck for the future”.

Catrin Maby, Director or SWEA, said:

“We are absolutely delighted with the new solar energy system for our Gloucester office. We would like to thank Scottish Power Green Energy Trust for providing a grant to make this possible, and Greenearth Energy Ltd for its installation.

“Despite the present challenges many not-for-profit organisations are up against, SWEA continues to respond to the fast-changing sustainable energy landscape, and is looking forward to many more years of productive work.”


Issued on behalf of the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust by The BIG Partnership.

For further information on this release please contact Nicola Macnaughton on 0141 333 9585 or [email protected]

Notes to Editors

  • The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust was founded in 1998 as an independent charitable trust to support the development of new renewable energy sources in the UK, helping to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change

* Photograph (from left to right) - Kaye Welfare, SWEA Assistant Director; Heather Watts, ScottishPower Green Energy Trust representative; Bart Venner, SWEA Trustee; Andrew Ward, Scottish Power and Catrin Maby, SWEA Director


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