Solar panels to be installed on Portsmouth council blocks

The panels are set to save 250 tonnes of carbon every year for the next 25 years. Picture: Elliot Brown / Flickr (labelled for reuse)
The panels are set to save 250 tonnes of carbon every year for the next 25 years. Picture: Elliot Brown / Flickr (labelled for reuse)
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WORK is under way to reduce a city’s carbon footprint by more than 6,000 tonnes.

Portsmouth City Council is working with two renewable energy companies to install nearly 3,000 solar panels to 38 of their housing blocks in Buckland and Somers Town before the end of March.

This latest project is part of an ongoing effort to make Portsmouth a greener place to live.

The solar systems will generate around 730MWh of energy from the sun, enough to power 250 homes for a year.

They will also save 250 tonnes of carbon every year for the next 25 years.   

Solarvoltaics and Space Renewable Energy, the companies who have won the tender, have worked with the council before and are part of a project to help deliver £10m of investment in the technology in the city.   

Councillor Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing, said: ‘Portsmouth’s energy services team is doing a great job of installing solar and other technologies to make the city more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint.

‘I am delighted in this instance they are doing so on our housing portfolio.

‘The fact this is being done as part of a local investment which brings money back into the authority is better still.

‘The success of Portsmouth City Council’s solar strategy has been recognised by other organisations.’