August 14, 2008

City Council Installs Solar Panels on Roof

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of Lincoln's City Hall in an energy saving move.

Yesterday eight solar panels were installed on the roof and the city council estimates they will save pounds800 a year in energy bills.

Estimations show the panels will make an annual energy saving of 16,000 kWh, which is enough to supply five households with hot water for an entire year.

The panels cost pounds8,000 to install, which the council received a pounds4,000 Government grant towards.

The council is half way through a two year plan to reduce the City Hall's energy bills by pounds16,400.

Community environmental coordinator for the council, Kate Bell, said: "Home owners can also save on their energy bills.

"Solar panel installation must be seen as a long term investment.

"If residents are looking to stay in their home for the next 10 years then they'll save money, and if gas prices continue to increase then they'll see the payback period drastically reduce."

Councillor Yvonne Bodger, portfolio holder for the environment, said: "The council must lead by example and where possible use renewable sources of energy.

"I would encourage householders to seek advice on how they can also become more environmentally friendly."

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Echo.

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