Solar panels aiming to save thousands

Solar panels at the Daventry Leisure Centre.'Pictured are Gary Foster & Dale Huntley from EvoEnergy
Solar panels at the Daventry Leisure Centre.'Pictured are Gary Foster & Dale Huntley from EvoEnergy

HUNDREDS of solar panels are currently being installed in the town to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of three of the buildings it owns to cut down on CO2 emissions and energy costs.

The panels are currently being installed on DDC’s offices in Lodge Road, the Abbey Building in Abbey Street and Daventry Leisure Centre.

The total cost of installing the solar panels is £201,000 and they will save an estimated £18,000 a year, meaning the project will take just over 11 years to pay for itself.

After this the council hopes to reap the financial benefits for the remainder of the Government’s feed-in tariff deal, which lasts for 25 years.

The solar panels will also save around 40 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

DDC has commissioned Nottingham-based firm EvoEnergy to carry out the work, which should be completed within the next three weeks.

Worker Gary Foster said: “We install solar panels all over the country for commercial projects, and we also have people who do domestic jobs on houses and things like that.

“Everywhere we go people are really happy to have solar panels installed because of the benefits they bring.

“These particular panels should provide enough energy for all three buildings we are working on in Daventry.”

The swimming pool at the leisure centre was closed for three days last week for the initial work to be carried out.

Any Swim School lessons taking place on these days will be rescheduled during the half-term holiday between February 14 and 16.

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, portfolio holder for environment at DDC, said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by necessary closure of the swimming pool.

“However the installation of these panels will bring great benefits to the council, both in terms of cutting our CO2 emissions, generating its own renewable electricity and saving costs.”