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    06/08/2014 05:07

Vote for YHA Boggle Hole!

Vote for YHA Boggle Hole!

Last year, with your help, YHA’s project to reduce carbon emissions by installing a biomass boiler at YHA Snwodon Pen-y-Pass came first in voting and in doing so received £25,000 from Hostelling International’s Sustainability Fund. With nearly 8,000 votes we well and truly beat the other projects receiving 5,000 more votes than the second place project.

This year we’ll need to work twice as hard to come top of the pile again!

At stake this year is a first prize of £25,000 to support one Youth Hostel in their mission to reduce carbon emissions and we’d really love to win for the second year running.

Our project to install photovoltaic panels on the roof of the new annex at YHA Boggle Hole which is situated on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire has made it to the shortlist but we need your help to secure the top prize.

It’s simple. Basically, first past the post, the project with the greatest number of votes, wins. It’s a competitive process and we’re one of 12 projects in the running for the Hostelling International Award.

Voting will only take a few seconds, so please click on the vote now link to register your vote for YHA (England and Wales). Please note the link will ask you to vote for two projects, but you can choose to vote for only one. The voting window closes on 28th October and the winning project will be announced in November.


Remember, we’re a charity and funding is crucial to our future. YHA Boggle Hole hosts thousands of young people every year, giving many underprivileged children a rare opportunity to enjoy fantastic educational and outdoor activities. We’re committed to giving YHA Boggle Hole a more environmentally and financially sustainable future.

Our plan is to reduce YHA Boggle Hole’s carbon footprint and energy costs with the installation of the photovoltaic array. Interpretation displayed on site will explain what we can all do to minimise our impact on the environment.

Many thanks for your help!

Project Facts and Figures


  • YHA Boggle Hole is currently the second highest user of liquid propane gas (LPG) in the entire YHA (England and Wales) network with £14,250 spent per year on this fossil fuel.
  • The Youth Hostel is currently in the top 30 users of energy in the YHA (England and Wales) network consuming 351,000 kWh per year (23.46kWh per overnight stay).

The Project

  • The total cost of the project is £37,500
  • The new annex building will incorporate an 11 kW peak array of 40 x 275 watt solar photovoltaic panels in the roof structure to generate electricity.
  • On-site interpretation will explain climate change and its impact including sea level change.

The Benefits

  • Total CO2 savings of 4,118 kg/p.a. or 4.1CO2e tonnes annually will be achieved.
  • The volume of CO2 saved is equivalent to the emissions from an average new car driving between Lands End and John o' Groats 23 times (the driving distance between Lands End to John o' Groats is at 1,347 km).
  • Once operational, the array will reduce CO2 emissions from the new annex building by 56%

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