Solar panels prove huge success
Page last updated at 19 May 2017 at 14:53
Eastleigh Borough Council is moving its largest installation of solar panels onto the roof of the new leisure centre development.
In 2011, the Council installed 288 Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof of the current leisure centre to generate electricity and reduce carbon emissions. They are now in the process of being moved to the roof of the new leisure centre and will be back generating electricity in a few weeks.
The Council took advantage of a Government backed Feed in Tariffs scheme (FIT’s). The 25 year scheme generated new income from both the Feed in Tariff and through the sale of any surplus electricity back to the national grid providing the Council with an annual income.
The 288 solar panels were installed on the leisure centre roof at a cost of around £185,000 and to date they have generated almost £150,000 in six years. The cost of the scheme will be repaid in just 7.5 years leaving around 17.5 years for the panels to generate a profit of around £23-25,000 per year.
By producing energy in this renewable form the scheme will avoid producing around 34,000 kg of CO2 per year which is equivalent to an average car travelling around 102,000 miles.
A Council spokesperson said, ”This is a really successful scheme that has generated electricity from a renewable source that is great for the environment, the borough and the country. It has also provided the Council with a significant income stream and helped reduce CO2 emissions.”
Photo - Solar panels waiting to be positioned on the new leisure centre roof