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Guru Nanak Gurdwara Receives Mayor's Climate Change Fund

 

GURU NANAK GURDWARA RECEIVES CLIMATE CHANGE AWARD

 

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara welcomed the visit of Mayor Dave Hodgson last week to mark the success of the temple’s bid to the Mayor’s Climate Change Fund for support for new photovoltaic solar panels.  The Mayor presented Gurdwara Chairman Sadhu Gill with a Climate Change Fund certificate for display at the building, and they discussed the positive impact that the renewable energy generation scheme will have at the temple on Ford End Road in Queen’s Park.

 

The photovoltaic panels will help to save thousands in electricity bills and minimise the temples’ carbon footprint.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson said: “It is fantastic that the Climate Change Fund is now supporting so many community bodies such as voluntary groups, places of worship, parish councils and schools to cut their energy bills and reduce their impact on the environment. There is a growing awareness of the fund and a growing recognition that making the right investment now can bring the savings needed in both the current environmental and economic climate.”

 

To receive the funding, managers of the Gurdwara raised 50% of the installation costs themselves. The solar panels will pay for themselves through energy savings and the ‘Feed in Tariff’ which guarantees tax free, index linked payments for the next 25 years, currently worth about £1,413 per year. 

 

Chairman of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Sadhu Gill commented: “Our congregation are pleased that we were awarded the Mayor’s Climate Change Fund and the 50% Grant. This will reduce our electricity bill by a considerable amount in the future. This is a very valuable scheme introduced by the Mayor, which will go some way into helping the Borough as a whole reduce its carbon footprint.”

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