Council powers down for big savings

Solar panels installed on the roof of Amber Valley Borough Council’s headquarters in Ripley, and the replacement of traditional lighting with LEDs, are already making a valuable contribution to cutting energy costs.

The 78 panels on the southern roof elevation were installed in March at the same time as LED lighting was installed throughout the building.

Latest energy figures show that the LEDs will make an annual saving of £10,100 on the Council’s energy bill and the solar panels will create a further saving of £1,659 and generate income of £813 through surplus energy bought by the National Grid.

The panels and LEDs are therefore on course to provide savings of at least £12,572 in the first year. Additionally, the two energy-saving measures will reduce the Council’s CO2 output by 57.75 tonnes each year.

Another added benefit of the 600 LED panels that have replaced traditional light blubs is reduced maintenance – to date not a single LED panel has needed replacing.

The combined cost of the solar panels and LEDS was approximately £48,400 – an investment which will pay for itself within a 4 year period.

Commented the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Chris Short: “This work underlines not only our commitment to implementing environmentally-friendly initiatives wherever possible, but also to reducing the Council’s running costs.”

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