The newly-constructed Lisa Dixon Centre is to become Haswell and District Mencap’s new home and will help support all in the local community with learning disabilities, their families and carers, as well as the wider community. The centre was named in memory of Lisa Dixon, who sadly passed away after suffering with brain damage from birth.

The funding for the centre was generously provided by three main funders (The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Urban II and Strategic Health) as well as significant support from the local community.

To help the centre save money on its utility bills, CRT Renewable Energy Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust), donated a 15kWp solar PV system. It is estimated the donated array will generate around £1,700 worth of free electricity every year for the lifetime of the system. With energy bills set to rise aggresively in the future, the benefit of the system will become greater too. 

Commenting on the solar installation, Paul West, Solar Projects Manager, said: “Working with CRT Renewable Energy has a been a great experience, using the feed-in tariff system they have been able to provide immediate benefit to community projects like the Lisa Dixon Centre, alongside securing an ongoing income stream for future projects.”