A solar photovoltaic (PV) system creates green renewable energy and is a good way for local authorities to meet government targets and reduce their carbon footprint. However, with so many local authorities facing huge cuts to their budgets many are questioning the wisdom of installing new technologies during the current economic crisis.
Installing solar panels to local authority buildings such as town halls, civic centres and leisure centres could actually save thousands of pounds each year and there is also a financial incentive offered by the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme.
Under the FIT scheme, local authorities could be paid for the electricity they produce and any additional electricity generated can be sold back to the National Grid for a financial bonus. In fact, local authorities who are not benefitting from the scheme may even be passing on additional energy costs to residents in the form of taxes.
Solar panels can be mounted onto almost any type of commercial building including schools and libraries. Embracing ‘green’ technologies could have the added benefit of generating positive publicity for local authorities and any savings in the cost of energy can be passed on to local residents.