Council beats FITs deadline

Carlisle City Council has announced that its new solar panel system has gone live - with the work completed before the feed-in tariff (FIT) subsidy reduction came into force last month.

The work forms part of the council’s wider sustainable energy programme, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and the environmental impact of its operations.

It also aims to reduce the operational costs associated with energy use and create potential income streams through FITs and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes, as well as reducing its reliance on grid-based energy provision.

Solar panels are now in operation on the roof of the Civic Centre and Sane Centre in Carlisle and are anticipated to generate more than 45,000kWh of electricity per year and save around 24 tonnes of CO2.

The council is now looking at implementing photovoltaic (PV) systems at further sites, as well as moving onto the second stage of a project involving low-carbon heat technologies, such as biomass boilers, and maximising the benefit of RHI.

Carys Matthews

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