Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Page last updated at 23 November 2015 at 16:50

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) House 2 M

The Council understands the benefits of investing in Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and is running a programme of installations to generate electricity and reduce carbon emissions. Most installations are on our own buildings and one was on a third party.

We have 1343 PV panels installed on various sites around the Borough which generate around 355,760 kWh of electricity. To put this into context the average home uses 3,300 kWh of energy per year so these schemes are expected to generate enough electricity to power around 108 homes for a year.  By producing energy in this renewable form, the scheme will avoid producing approximately 187,485 kg of CO2 per year.

Solar PV has been amongst the fastest growing renewable energy sources in the UK. This is due in part to Government subsidies Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) that are currently available but these are set to be slashed on 1 Jan 2016. The Ofgem website will have the current rates.

FIT rates will be cut by 87% on 1 Jan 2016 and is already having an impact on the viability of new installations. It is likely many will not go ahead if not installed before the end of this year resulting in a big reduction in new soler energy and many job losses. The industry will recover as the cost of the materials continues to go down but it is likely to be a few years before installations are happening at anything like the current rate.

Please visit our pages on Renewable Energy for more details about the technologies and funding schemes available for both homes and businesses.

To find out more, contact Giles Gooding on 023 8068 8274, email giles.gooding@eastleigh.gov.uk, Twitter @EcoEastleigh