New solar panels to help cut out carbon

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PLANS to install solar panels by Daventry District Council could save 40 tonnes of carbon a year.

DDC wants to put panels on its own Lodge Road offices, plus the town’s leisure centre and the Abbey Centre.

The reduction in carbon will go towards DDC’s target of saving 30 per cent on its carbon emissions based on 2008/09 figures.

Already the authority has fitted LED lights at the Abbey Centre, installed a liquid swimming pool cover at the leisure centre, and improving energy management.

So far DDC has managed to reduce the carbon emissions by 13 per cent.

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, portfolio holder for environment, said: “Saving some 250 tonnes of carbon is impressive. The initiatives in the council’s carbon management plan are cutting energy use and carbon emissions, which is great news for the environment, and also reducing the council’s energy bills. We will continue to drive through these initiatives to try to achieve our target of 30 per cent over the next three years.”

The council recently collected a certificate from the Carbon Trust for completing its carbon management plan.