Charging Point

Penallt goes electric

Technology is driving us towards a zero carbon world in which renewable power resource initiatives are the key to saving the planet. Penallt, the hilltop village outside Monmouth has taken up the challenge.

Penallt has now at its village hall, Pelham Hall, just installed a charging point for electric cars and also a three pin outlet for electric buggies. They are easy to access outside the Hall entrance door. The system works for: BMW, Nissan, Porsche, Mercedes, Volvo and Mitsubishi. The main charger is Type 1 and very easy to use.

The facility is free to use, the cost of the electricity needed being borne by the Hall.

David May, Committee Chair for Pelham Hall, says that this is part of a longer term refurbishment plan for the Hall that has just seen a new commercial kitchen installed.

Other plans in the pipeline include Photo Voltaic charging panels to help reduce energy costs and improve the hall’s green credentials.

Also, a lift from the hall entrance to the first floor is planned. Fundraising is critical for all these projects to get under way and Monmouthshire County Council is very supportive of the plans.

Contractor, Phil Powell of Gwent Energy CIC has been extremely helpful in putting the grant and installation package together for Pelham Hall. His organisation has been active in renewables in rural Gwent area covering more than 19,000 people.

Roger Forbes, Committee member and buggy user said he was delighted with the charging point installation as it will help him and others in the community with mobility problems to access the Hall’s facilities and events more easily.

The photograph shows Roger inaugurating the use of the charger for his mobility scooter.