Sunshine harvest at council offices

Solar panels have been installed on Cambridgeshire County Council’s Hereward Hall in March.

This installation is part of a wider initiative to invest in the future by reducing overall operating costs and creating additional revenue schemes.

The Council has already installed panels at 20 sites across the County Farms Estate which can generate a total power of 232kW and many schools across Cambridgeshire have also introduced small solar installations.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance, Cllr Steve Count said: “Solar panels will of course help us to reduce our carbon footprint but a key driver of this installation has been investing in efficiency. By using renewable energy to generate electricity we will save money on our bills in the long term - and help to make our electricity supply more resilient to price changes.”

Based on the projected electricity generation from the 12.74kWp of panels (kWp that means the total amount of power that can be created by the panels), and the income from the Feed-in tariff, a government initiative to encourage the take up of renewable energy, the panels should pay for themselves within about seven years.

The Government’s Feed-in Tariff incentive scheme means that there is a guaranteed price for each unit of electricity generated at Hereward Hall for 20 years.