Council switches on the green light
Release date: 31 January 2012
New Forest District Council has switched on the green light to save energy and costs.
Solar PV panels have been fitted to the rooftops at Lymington Town Hall and at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, as part of the council's renewable energy programme.
The £75,000 investment, part of the authority's capital programme, brings several benefits for the council and to the environment.
The scheme is expected to generate income of around £13,000 in total every year via a Feed-In Tariff (FIT). In addition, there will be a reduced spend on energy, approx £4000 pa. The council will use all the electricity generated by the panels, estimated to be 32,000kWh annually.
The PV panels will also reduce carbon emissions, saving 17 tonnes CO2 a year.
Scottish & Southern Electricity has given the go-ahead for the Feed-In Tariffs at Appletree Court and Lymington Town Hall, which has received government backing as an incentive to carry out energy-saving initiatives.
The pilot scheme, installed by Liberty Energy, Portsmouth, will provide a useful test-bed for the technology, for possible extension to other council sites in the future.
New Forest District Council portfolio holder for the environment, Cllr Edward Heron said: "This council is pleased to be associated with this very effective energy-saving programme. Not only will it bring cost-savings to the authority, but the significant reduction in CO2 emissions demonstrates the council's commitment to schemes that benefit the environment."