Torridge District Council installs solar array

Torridge District Council has installed 50 solar panels at its Riverbank House offices.

The 15 kWp solar array system will reduce the council's carbon footprint by almost 8,000 kg of carbon dioxide a year but will also save the council over £1,700 a year on electricity bills.

The council estimates the system will pay for itself in just over five years and the local authority will then have free electricity for the next 15 years.  

The net saving to the council of nearly £3,600 a year will generate an additional financial benefit of over £71,000 over the 20 years of the Feed-In-Tariff scheme.

"I am really pleased that we have been able to play a small part in reducing the council’s carbon footprint still further while at the same time saving money,” said Council Leader, Cllr Jane Whittaker.

“It really is a win-win situation for the council and residents and I hope we can identify and implement further schemes that offer these sort of outcomes."

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