Civic Centre Solar lives up to expectations
Solar panels installed on the roof at the Civic Centre in August 2011 are proving their worth.
Contributing to electricity bills, and this plus the feed in tariff income, brought savings of more than £16,000 in the first year with reductions in CO2 exceeding 34 tons.
This is the first of two large scale solar PV schemes that the Council has installed on its premises, aiming to produce green, clean, sustainable power for many years to come.
As the sun shines down on Riverway Nursery, it not only makes the garden grow, but also keeps the lights on.
In May 2013, the Council’s Property Services team were asked to procure and project manage a Solar Panel Array to be located at Riverway Plant Nursery. After thorough research and investigation, the installation of a 198 panel solar photo-voltaic system was completed and started generating electricity in October 2013.
Based on weather averages it was estimated that the annual energy yield would be 44,041 kWh, with a peak production at any one time of 49kW per hour. The payback period is approximately 7 years - in other words it has nearly paid for itself.
All electricity generated after this time will be profit for the Council - or savings for the public purse! For the first year we received nearly £5,000 in Feed-in Tariff income and saved £2,760 off our annual bill.
It is estimated that over a 20 year period the total carbon reduction will be 325,000kg.
If you require any further information please contact:
Property Services, Stafford Borough Council, 01785 619451