Project complete!

Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones on the roof of the Civic Offices with the completed solar panels''Picture: Sarah Standing (151601-6475)
Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones on the roof of the Civic Offices with the completed solar panels''Picture: Sarah Standing (151601-6475)
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SOLAR panels have been fitted to Portsmouth’s Civic Offices in a move that will generate £671,000 over the next 25 years.

The project to install around 400 panels on the building’s flat roof has been completed. They will be angled to absorb as much sunlight as possible.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It’s to make the council more fuel efficient and to save money.

‘While the solar panels have a payback period of six to seven years, they are moveable so we can move them to other council-owned properties around the city.

‘It’s also to reduce our heating bills and to make us a more environmentally-friendly building.’

The project will generate around 90,000 units of clean electricity a year – enough to make 3.6 million cups of tea.