Council hopes 800 panels will help cut its energy costs
WORK has begun on the installation of solar panels on Exeter City Council's buildings.
The 800 panels, which are currently being put up on two roofs of the Civic Centre and three other sites across Exeter, will have a capacity of about 200 kilowatts – the equivalent of 50 standard domestic solar photovoltaic systems.
The panels, which are being installed by Exeter renewable energy specialist SunGift Solar, will deliver an on-going reduction in the council's energy costs as well as reducing its carbon footprint, according to the authority.
Also benefitting are Oakwood House, the Materials Reclamation Facility and the Ark, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's storage facility. Councillor Ian Martin, lead councillor for business transformation and human resources, said: "Installing solar panels on our buildings is an attractive proposition with significant financial returns.
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"This really is a good time to benefit from solar energy and at the same time re-stamp our green credentials and commitment to renewable energy."
Gareth Walton, SunGift's business development manager, said: "We're excited to work on another large commercial project in our home city, following on from our recent 250 kWp solar PV installation at the Met Office."
Three wind turbines have been removed from the Civic Centre roof and will be donated to local schools.