Solar panels will help to improve footprint

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MORE than 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide will be saved over 20 years thanks to the installation of solar panels on a West Sussex County Council building.

The £58,000 panels were installed on the Grange block, at County Hall in Chichester, by the council’s carbon management team in partnership with SSE Contracting.

The cost is expected to have covered itself within seven years.

And it’s estimated that the 40 kilowatt solar panels will generate an average of 29,582 kilowatt hours of electricity per annum over the next two decades.

Michael Brown, cabinet member for finance and resources said: ‘The installation of the panels will not only save the county council, and therefore council taxpayers, a substantial amount of money over the years by generating free electricity, but will also help reduce our carbon emissions. This forms part of the county council’s drive to be more energy efficient.’