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Sports Ground Has Solar Panels installed

Forgive the pun but you would have thought that a sports field was “green’ enough without having to have solar panels installed but that is just what has happened at one Berkshire sports ground.

Henwick Worthy Sports Field, that is located in Thatcham in Berkshire, now has solar panels installed on a building roof. This was done in an arrangement between Thatcham Town Council and West Berkshire Council who have got together to have the solar panels put in place at a cost of £20,000. The panels are estimated to be capable of generating a commendable income in the region of £1,500 per annum.

The cost has been met by contributions from the developers in its entirety. The energy will be sold to the national grid and the income generated from the 14 KW solar power system is going to be used to help with the cost of running the sports facilities.

Those responsible for the scheme were no doubt pleased that the installation has taken place without any financial burden on the taxpayer and the undoubted benefit that the solar panels will provide both now and well into the future. The panels are expected to last for at least 25 years.

Apparently, the sports ground may, at some point, be benefiting from another form of green energy as a windmill is under consideration for some point in the future subject, amongst other things, to its financial viability.

This is another example of councils looking at ways to save on energy bills, generate an income and, at the same time, make an impact on reducing carbon emissions. This will also go some way towards helping the country achieve its long-term carbon reduction target.

As always, we will continue to keep you updated about similar developments as we have done in the past.

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