Work starts on country’s biggest solar panel scheme

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WORK has started to create what could be the biggest roof-mounted, solar power scheme in the country.

Solar panels are being installed on the former Freemans building in Ivatt Way, Westwood.

It is part of Peterborough City Council’s wider scheme which will see panels installed on the roofs of both the Town Hall in Bridge Street and the Regional Pool in Bishops Road, Peterborough.

The full proposed scheme of 1.5 megawatts will cost about £5.7 million to set up and has been funded by council borrowing, which will be paid back over 25 years.

Energy generated from the panels will be sold to power local homes and businesses, and this is expected to result in about £300,000 profit a year after the set-up cost has been repaid.

Councillor Samantha Dalton, the council’s cabinet member for Environment Capital, said: “The panels will not only allow the council to reduce its own energy costs but also gives us the opportunity to set up a limited company to trade energy to domestic and business users.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the council to demonstrate its innovation and forward-thinking approach to making our city cleaner and greener as part of our Environment Capital agenda.”