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Lincolnshire County Council Supportive Of Energy Saving Measures

If the UK is to achieve its renewable energy and carbon emission targets it needs the support of both small and large users of energy. Collectively, we are more likely to reach those targets so it is important that we all work together in order to do so.

An increasing number of solar panels are being installed by local councils
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There are many large corporations that are supportive of solar panels and, in recent months, we have made reference to the likes of Sainsbury’s and Morrisons that have schemes in place. There are also numerous local councils that are installing solar panels on council buildings in an endeavour to achieve these targets.

In fact, Lincolnshire County Council has been involved in a £300,000 project to install solar panels at a number of recycling/waste centres in the county. In total, in the region of 1,250 solar panels have been installed by Freewatt that are experts in solar energy in different waste centre locations in Lincolnshire. The power will be utilised for lighting and machinery.

For instance, at Louth’s household recycling waste centre a 50kW system has been installed, at Boston’s transfer station a solar powered system of 10kW has been fitted and at waste transfer stations in Gainsborough, Grantham, Sleaford and Louth 50kW systems have been installed. It is estimated that the waste centres are likely to produce around 260,000 kW of electricity per annum and the annual saving in carbon emissions is forecast to be in the region of 126 tonnes.

This project was undertaken under the Lincolnshire County Council’s Carbon Management Plan. Under the plan, the council has a target to achieve by 2018 of lowering its carbon emissions by 22%. To date, the council has spent £1.9 million in measures to save energy. Schools and council buildings have had seven hundred thousand kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels installed on them.

Of course, there are not just environmental reasons for installing these solar panels as you cannot ignore the financial aspect. It is estimated that the cost of the project will pay for itself within 7 years.

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