Solar power systems installed on a range of Nottingham City Council buildings have generated one million kilowatt hours of green energy during 2018. Well-used city buildings including libraries, leisure centres, schools and offices all host the council’s solar infrastructure; silently generating clean and green energy whilst the buildings users go about their day. Britain’s heatwave this summer certainly helped boost the generating capacity at these sites and some council sites experienced periods of being entirely powered by solar. One million kilowatts would power over 300 typical domestic homes for a year, or meet the entire annual energy needs of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall , powering their shows, hospitality and all the back office operations. Installing solar PV on operational sites has made sound economic sense for the council and is playing an important part in plugging the council’s budget gap and protecting front line services. It has offset the need to buy peak-time electricity from the grid, has put unused rooftop space to good use and helps to insulate the council from future electricity price rises. As well as saving money, generating energy in this way supports the council’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
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