Warminster Town Council is looking at the installation of solar panels on selected Council buildings as part of its drive to be a Net Zero Council by 2030.
Warminster Town Council is committed to delivering a brighter and greener future where the impact of its activities has a minimal impact upon the environment. Having made the declaration and adopted the Strategy document in 2020, Councillors have discussed ways in which the town could go forward with becoming more environmentally sustainable and achieve the agreed goals laid out within the Climate Change Strategy document. One obvious option discussed has been the installation of solar panels.
The Council has decided to investigate the installation of solar panels on its assets within the town and has now received proposals from 10 contractors to deliver potential solutions, and following a detailed evaluation process, has narrowed them down to a preferred option.
The Council is limited in how many panels it can install due to the electricity infrastructure in the Town, but nevertheless, this initiative will save the Council thousands of pounds a year. It is estimated that the cost of the solar panels will be paid back in 8 years, meaning the Council will make savings on energy usage for 12-17 years after that, and will therefore substantially reduce its carbon footprint.
Following initial inspections, the project will now undertake detailed surveys to confirm that the buildings and roofs are suitable to take the weight of the panels.
Councillor Steve Jeffries said:
“We need a global shift towards more sustainable sources of energy and Warminster needs to play its part. This proposal has both financial and environmental benefits to both the town and the environment and will mean a step towards Warminster’s ambitions and provide a brighter and greener future.”
Last modified: 20 June 2023