Two hundred solar panels installed on Crawley council building

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Two hundred solar panels have been installed on a borough council building.

Maidenbower Day Care and Community Centre’s roof panels has started saving Crawley Borough Council £8,300 and 25,900kg of CO2 emissions per year.

A council spokesman said the system’s eight separate arrays have been mounted on the outside roof space and on the roof of the internal courtyard.

The £54,000 investment will generate about 49,000kWh of electricity annually with a peak power output of 50kW.

The cost will be paid back to the council in six and a half years.

Councillor Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “I’m delighted that yet another council building is benefiting from solar panels and become more environmentally-friendly.

“The investments in solar panels on our properties will bring about significant savings for both taxpayers and the environment through lower carbon emissions and substantial savings.”

The community centre has become the sixth council building to have solar panels installed.

The others were the Town Hall, K2 Crawley, Metcalf Way Depot, Bewbush Centre and Maidenbower Pavilion.

A spokesman said the panels on the six buildings are expected to reduce the council’s energy bills by £66,000 each year and save 190,000kg of carbon.

K2 Crawley has 400 solar panels, the Town Hall has 194, the depot has 270, Bewbush has 70 and Maidenbower Pavilion has eight panels.

This initiative is part of the goal to be a zero carbon council and town by 2050 and the Council are currently identifying additional opportunities for Solar PV Systems on its operational buildings.

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