County Council Fits Solar Panels To Cut Its Bills

County Council Fits Solar Panels To Cut Its Bills

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:00am 8th March 2015.

The Dorset History Centre in Dorchester has been chosen to benefit along with several schools

Solar panels have been fitted on to the roofs of a number of buildings owned by Dorset County Council to help with energy bills.

The Dorset History Centre in Dorchester has been chosen to benefit along with several schools in the move that the council say will reduce overall running costs and generate income over time with the surplus.

The investment, costing £90,000 for the History Centre, is expected to produce electricity with savings of £10,000 a year minus maintenance costs, after 9 years.

Any unused power from the buildings will be sold to the National Grid, and become available for other users.

Councillor Peter Finney, the County Council's Cabinet member for environment, said: "By releasing money in this way, we can continue to provide essential services for the people of Dorset."

Plans to add panels to the County Hall and other appropriate buildings continue.