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Libraries To Make Further Savings On Electricity Bills

In recent months we have reported on numerous public buildings here in the UK having solar panels fitted to reduce their carbon emissions and, of course, save on their electricity bills. It is always pleasing to read of such things as, collectively, these developments go some way towards the country meeting its renewable energy and carbon emissions targets.

Solar photovoltaic panels are being fitted to an increasing number of public buildings
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In mentioning the above it should also be noted that there are many private companies that are doing their bit towards using renewable energy sources and we have also reported on many such schemes.

In East Staffordshire, there are a further two libraries that have had solar panels installed and it is forecast that they are likely to help make a substantial saving in their electricity bills over the next ten years.

Back in July 2012, there were thirteen library buildings in the county with solar photovoltaic panels fitted. Some of these were at Barton library that is located in Dunstall Road, Barton under Needwood and Burton library that is situated off the High Street in Burton upon Trent.

It is estimated that, collectively, the libraries may save in the region of £350,000 over a ten-year period. When broken down, this involves a saving of about £10,000 in the electricity bill that Staffordshire County Council receives on an annual basis plus it is estimated that the Council will receive in the region of £26,000 each year as a result of the feed-in-tariff scheme introduced by the Government.

So far, some £330,000 has been spent on installing solar panels at the libraries and it is estimated that it will take just above nine years to recover this outlay. Therefore, it is hoped that the council will benefit from receiving electricity for nothing and receive funds under the feed-in-tariff scheme for an additional 15 years.

We will continue to keep you up to date with solar panel developments around the UK and elsewhere in the world.

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