SDRN Case Studies

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Sport in Desford

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013

Location: Desford is a village in the Hinckley and Bosworth district, 7 miles (11 km) west of the centre of Leicester.

Aim: The installation of a 23kWp solar PV array and other environmental measures as part of a wider refurbishment of a community sports centre.

Background: Sport in Desford (SiD) is a community-owned sports centre and charity set up to promote and provide sports facilities including bowls, tennis, football, recreational fitness and running.

Fenham Swimming Pool

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013

Location: Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne

Aim: Fenham Swimming Pool has installed a 53kW (76m2) flat plate solar thermal system to provide direct heating to the swimming pool.

Background: Fenham swimming facility had been closed by Newcastle council. A local charity called Fenham Swimming Project was formed and the pool was re-opened to the public.

Osprey Leisure Centre

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013

Location: Portland, Dorset.

Aim: The installation of a 10kWp array of solar PV panels on the Osprey Leisure Centre in Portland.

Background: Osprey Leisure Centre is an ex-Navy building which was taken over by South Dorset Community Sports Trust in 2007 to provide recreation and sports facilities for the local community.

Eden Solarfair

By SDRN on 14th February 2013

LOCATION: St Austell, Cornwall

AIM: To demonstrate that renewable energy can be of financial benefit to people who cannot afford to install solar PV panels on their own roofs.

CloudsEnd CIC’s De-Clutter Bus Project

By SDRN on 24th September 2012

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Business in the Community West Midlands START Award 2011 – Most Innovative New Product or Service.

Organisation: CloudsEnd CIC is a community interest group set up in 2010 to help individuals, social services, housing associations and landlords to tackle hoarding situations.

Status: Ongoing.

Green Streets

By SDRN on 18th June 2012

LOCATION: 14 communities across the UK.

AIM: To use a competition-based challenge to encourage participating communities to save and generate energy and to engage the wider community in energy citizenship.

Fitter for Walking

By SDRN on 10th May 2012

LOCATION: 12 communities within five regions of England; London, North East, North West, West Midlands, and Yorkshire.

Brixton Remade

By SDRN on 3rd May 2012

LOCATION: Brixton, London.

AIM: To promote local waste reduction, reuse and recycling; to develop skills of remaking and repair important for the creation of local green enterprises and sustainable employment.


By SDRN on 17th April 2012

LOCATION: Portobello, Scotland

AIM: To create a vibrant, sustainable Portobello, which can help combat climate change and reduce fossil fuel use through a process of re-localisation.


By SDRN on 5th April 2012


AIM: To maximise the re-use of redundant office furniture, both to protect the environment and to make quality office items available at affordable prices to charities, the community sector and small businesses.