The council has commissioned Absolar Solutions to assess all non-domestic roofs over 30m2 across the borough to determine how much renewable energy they could each generate with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
This involved looking at roofs on industrial and commercial buildings such as warehouses, offices, shops and factories as well as those belonging to schools and colleges, community halls, hotels and places of worship.
The council is now offering reports to the owners and tenants of these properties that set out how many solar PV panels they could have installed, the estimated cost and payback period, and how much carbon and money they could save.
The benefits to building owners, and their tenants, of installing rooftop solar PV panels include:
In requesting a report, you agree you have read and understood the following:
Installers should be accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Find an installer on the MCS website.
Installers will be able to provide you with a more accurate quotation, based on your electricity consumption and the price you pay. They will also undertake any necessary additional checks, such as structural and electrical surveys.
The Enterprise M3 Local Economic Partnership’s Funding Finder sets out a number of Government funding schemes, including those that could help towards the installation costs for solar PV panels.
You could also consider approaching a local community energy company. Provided your building’s roof is considered to be suitable, one of these not-for-profit organisations could cover the initial installation and ongoing maintenance costs for the panels by raising money from local communities.
The company would then sell you the electricity at an agreed price per kilowatt hour (kWh) and reinvest its profits in local schemes to benefit the community. You would need a legal agreement and to allow access to the panels following installation.
The three local community energy companies are:
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