Sunny side up for council solar power generating schemes

August 02 2016

TWO new solar farms operating in Yate and Moorend are raising money for South Gloucestershire Council and cutting its energy bills.

TWO new solar farms operating in Yate and Moorend are raising money for South Gloucestershire Council and cutting its energy bills.
The solar panels were installed and connected on land next to the council’s offices in Badminton Road, Yate, and on a site between the M4 and the ring road in Moorend.
Carbon-free electricity generated by the combined schemes not only helps power the offices but the excess also earns an income by being sold back to the national grid.
The council anticipates that the power produced will be equal to that used by roughly 230 average-sized homes in the district during a year.
An estimated £10,000 will also be cut from its annual energy bills, with approximately £55,000 a year earned from feed-in tariffs.
The 790 panels in Yate form the smaller of the two schemes, which are the latest in a series of eco-friendly measures taken by South Gloucestershire.
John Goddard, chairman of the resources sub-committee, said: “The heating for the Badminton Road office is provided by a biomass boiler burning sustainable wood chips and we have installed renewable energy schemes in a number our other buildings and schools.
“In addition to the environmental benefits, the investment in solar also makes sound financial sense.”
The solar panels were installed by Benu Energy in conjunction with Ikaros Solar and representatives from both companies joined Councillor Goddard and council staff at an official handover event.