According to municipal officials, new solar panels in a council parking lot will save tens of thousands of dollars.
Power generated by the council will account for around 70 percent of the total demand for electricity in Tewkesbury.
The council’s offices in Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, are getting a new solar panels canopy, and it’s estimated to save roughly £45,000 a year in electricity costs.
As development nears completion, 70 of the 171 places in the rear parking lot will be accessible for use again.
Known as the Public Service Center, the site is also utilized by other organizations, including the Gloucestershire police.
The Tewkesbury Leisure Centre is also nearby.
The council building and the recreational center will supply up to 260,000 kWh of renewable energy from these solar panels.
The council’s greenhouse gas emissions will be lowered by about 76 tonnes annually by utilizing less energy from the national grid and fewer fossil fuels.
As a result of the power generated, it will be easier for the municipality to replace gas-fired boiler systems and implement low carbon air source heating technologies in the future.
The project receives a grant of up to £284,200 from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
“It’s an exciting time for the council as we work towards our greener objective of decreasing our carbon footprint and achieving substantial savings,” said Clean and Green Councillor Jim Mason.
It is hoped that this investment would help keep the council’s operating costs low, allowing it to continue providing essential services to the public.
As the incidence of climate-related extreme weather occurrences such as flooding increases, we must take initiatives like these to combat the problem.
A climate change emergency has been proclaimed, and the council has pledged carbon neutrality by 2030. The solar canopy is a critical component of our strategy for achieving this objective.”
This month will see the completion of the solar canopy, which has been under construction since May.
Finally, the council and leisure center buildings may begin generating electricity from the solar panels.