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Council buildings now generating their own power

News release 6857, published on 16 Jun 2016
A solar scheme to help reduce Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s energy bills and carbon footprint has begun following the installation of solar panels on five council-owned buildings.

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel systems, which convert sunlight into electricity even on cloudy days, have now been installed on the roofs of the civic offices, John Arlott Pavilion, Brighton Hill and Eastrop depots and also Eastrop Boathouse to help generate power that can be used every day within the buildings, meaning that the council will have to buy less electricity.

The project to harness the sun’s energy could see the council save more than £200,000 over the next 20 years with smaller energy bills and income from generating electricity.

Residents are also reminded that they can also get a helping hand to cut their energy use and bills with the council’s Low Carbon Loans initiative to help make energy efficiency improvements in homes.

The loans can help homeowners to reduce their energy costs through improvements such as replacement windows and doors, cavity wall and loft insulation, a new boiler or renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels.
Community organisations interested in making energy improvements to their community building can also apply for a loan under the same scheme to help them reduce running costs and make their halls more comfortable for the people using them.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “As a council we are committed to finding sustainable energy solutions as well as saving money wherever we can so more money can be spent on our frontline services.

“These solar panels play an important role in reducing the council’s carbon footprint and by offering residents and community groups the opportunity to access a low interest loan to make improvements too hopefully we can also assist them to save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprints.”

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