Solar project cuts carbon in Worcestershire

solar panels on roof

Solar panels installed on buildings by Worcestershire County Council will result in estimated savings of £70,000 a year.

The first installation, at the council’s second largest office facility of Wildwood, has an array of 679 panels. The second, smaller installation, has been completed at Kidderminster Library.

The solar panel project was funded by the Government’s Salix Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

Councillor Adam Kent, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Communication, said:

It’s one of our main priorities to protect the environment for future generations, promoting both environmental and commercial sustainability.

It’s fantastic to see innovation like this on two of our buildings and they are having such a positive effect. We hope to see more development of this type in the coming years, with Solar Canopies being an area we’re exploring closely.

In December 2020, Worcestershire County Council successfully bid for £885,687 grant funding from the Government’s Salix Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to fully fund several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across its estate.

Funding was secured for 34 discreet energy projects across 25 council sites. Projects included insulation, lighting, glazing and energy management system upgrades, and the installation of solar panel systems.

The council is currently exploring other opportunities in this area, including the possibility of further solar panel installations, and the introduction of solar canopies (simple steel shelters typically constructed over carparks that carry solar panels) to generate electricity where roof installations aren’t appropriate.