Council acts quickly to get best solar tariff

Steven Adams with ranks of solar panels on the roof at County Hall
Steven Adams with ranks of solar panels on the roof at County Hall

COUNCIL chiefs hope to expand on a solar panel scheme which they predict will generate an income of £150,000 over 25 years.

Just before Christmas Bucks County Council announced it was in line for the windfall after installing 116 solar panels on authority owned buildings in the south of the county.

Steven Adams, BCC’s member of the environment said solar panels had been installed on the flat roof of the BCC office in Aylesbury, Black Park Country Park, and Aston Clinton household waste recycling centre.

He added: “We have installed these panels just in time as the tariff for new installations has been reduced by 50 per cent. By acting quickly we have secured the best possible long term income for the County Council.

“For Black Park Country Park this would generate an income of almost £1,500 a year and reduce the site’s electricity bill by more than 30 per cent a year. Energy saving measures like this are good for the environment and good for the Buckinghamshire council tax payer.”

The electricty produced by 116 solar panels would be sufficient to boil enough water to make 140,000 cups of tea a year.

Installed as part of a government scheme, the council will be guaranteed a payment for every unit of electricity generated by the panels, giving Bucks taxpayers a return of 13-16 per cent on their investment. The scheme has been introduced to encourage the production of renewable energy by householders and businesses by providing cash benefits.

The panels, costing £52,000, were installed by Bierton based firm Ardenham Energy.