Bryan Hanson House PV

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Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and climate change officer Paul Hurwood on the roof of Bryan Hanson House, where John N Dunn Group installed 42 photovoltaic panels.


Hartlepool Mail - Cost saving council looks to the sun

06th June 2011

Hartlepool Borough Council is turning to solar power to save money and help the environment - and is urging residents to follow their lead.

The council is installing 42 seperate photovoltaic panels on the south facing roof of one of its main buildings, Bryan Hanson House, off Lynn Street.

The scheme is being funded with the help of the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) and will cover a proportion of the buildings day-to-day power need.

Under the terms of a Government initiative, the council will also be paid by its energy supplier for every kilowatt hour of electricity generated by the panels and there will be opportunities to sell suplus energy back to the National Grid.

Paul Hurwood, Harlepool Borough Council's climate change officer, said it will earn the council "vital income" and has urged people in the town to consider the merits of installing photovoltaic panels on their own properties as they can also benefit, and to contact him for more information.

He said:  "We will receive 36.1p for every kilowatt hour of electricity generated for the next 25 years.

"Given that the photovoltaic panels  have the potential to generate 8,000kw hours per year - enough to power a laptop continuously for 14 years  - we stand to receive nearly £3,000 a year, as well as receiving free zero-carbon energy that will be used on-site.

"We will also get a smaller additional amount for any surplus energy that we sell on.

"The use of the panels will also help to reduce the council's carbon footprint.

"They will reduce CO2 emissions by around 4 tonnes - enough to fill the swimming pool at the Mill House Leisure Centre four times over."

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said plans are already underway to see if other council buildings will be suitable for the panels.

He Said:  "The council is always looking for new and innovative ways of improving efficiency and generating income and this initiative has tremendous potential.

"As well as installeing panels at Bryan Hansen House we will also be looking at the possibility of putting them on some of are other buildings.

"We have a long-standing commitment to the environment and the photovoltaic panels are complementing work already carried out by our well-established internal carbon management group, Carbon Action Now."

John N Dunn Group intsalled the Solar PV Panels at Bryan Hansen House.

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