AN EXTRA £2m is being put into a long-term energy strategy to reduce the county council’s energy costs and cut its carbon footprint.
Hampshire County Council is also spending £1m to expand the use of solar panels on its buildings.
And it will extend its Energy Performance Programme, which makes building improvements that recoup costs through energy savings.
The first phase of the programme has seen the council put in cost-saving improvements to some of its largest buildings, including Hawthorne Court Nursing Home in Sarisbury Green.
Solar panels were put on the roof of the nursing home at the end of last year.
Executive member for policy and resources and council leader Roy Perry said: ‘Significant progress is being made in our energy strategy and I’m pleased to be able to release the funds towards further investment.
‘This will expand solar energy generation on our rooftops and enable us to reduce the running costs of our buildings even further.’