The sun shines on Dorset County Hall

Dorset County Council has installed solar panels on three roofs at County Hall.

The panels and installation have cost £56,000 and the outlay will be recouped within eight years. 

It is estimated that the 111 panels will save the Council around £7,000 a year for the next 20 years, a total of £140,000.

The Council has also added solar panels to a number of its other properties including the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester and some schools. 

This investment is expected to generate in excess of £35,000 of savings each year.

The County Council’s Cabinet member for environment, Cllr Peter Finney, said: “Harnessing renewable energy is a great way of reducing the running costs of our buildings and generating an income with the surplus.

“By releasing money in this way we can continue to provide essential services for the people of Dorset.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues