Coigach Community Trust have been saved from an unexpected tax bill of £1,500 thanks to a donation from Scottish Sea Farms.
A project to install 24 solar panels on the community hall landed the trust with a VAT bill of £1,572, despite it being a registered charity. The bill has now been picked up by the Scottish Sea Farms Heart of the Community fund.
The installation was supported by the Big Lottery and will generate 4,500KW per year, providing a more environmentally-friendly alternative energy source for the hall.
Coigach Community Trust committee member Keith Dunbar said: “Over 300 people regularly use the hall for all sorts of activities and community gatherings and this will reduce the operating costs of heating the building. The tax bill was a lot higher than we anticipated but there was no getting round it and we had to pay. We are really grateful to Scottish Sea Farms for helping us to achieve our objectives of lowering our energy costs and contributing to a better environment.”
Andrew MacNeilage, manager of the Scottish Sea Farms’ Summer Isles site, added: “A well-heated community hall can make the difference to an event going ahead, particularly in the winter months. The tax bill was a nasty surprise and we are delighted to be able to help the community sort this out and now they will be able to relax and enjoy the more efficient heating system and lower bills in the future.”