The Phoenix Children’s Foundation was established in 2006 with the sole aim of enriching and enhancing the lives of youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. The charity owns a small menagerie of animals, ranging from donkeys and goats to Shetland ponies and reindeer, all of whom help to fundraise – through appearances at events – as well as provide young people with opportunities to grow emotionally and learn through animal assisted activity. Whilst their animals have always lived at the charity base in Packington, they were unable to welcome visitors as they had no power being off the grid.
They had tried to accomplish this by operating two generators but found that the power was unreliable and the fumes, noise not suitable for inviting children and families. The head office for the charity was also having to pay rent for an office elsewhere to accommodate their staff as they could not ensure that there would be a constant power source.
“It’s been amazing, it is reliable clean and has successfully powered all our facilities, security, office and visitor facilities. Our ambitions to move the head office to our base have been achieved and we are now open for business. I have been recommending Off Grid Energy and their gridtogo solution to everybody and anybody”
Anita, Phoenix Children’s Foundation
- 8KVA – 20kVA 230V 50Hz
- 33kWhrs stored energy
- Deep cycle sealed battery
- Automatic generator start (with 7 day timer)
- Time controlled output socket
- Digital display
Whilst the charity receives donations currently for diesel, this may not be something they can guarantee will continue. Any savings for the fluctuating cost of diesel ensures a far more cost-effective future.
There is now substantially less harm to the environment with a minimal CO2e, less smell and much cleaner air quality for the families, staff and importantly the children.
The cost of maintaining the generator was reduced by 2/3rds leading to a significant reduction in the need for routine maintenance. Fewer breakdown issues were also then encountered because of better utilisation.
They are entirely reliant on donations, therefore, the savings from fuel and maintenance have been vital as every penny counts.