Over 1,300 solar panels have been installed on five Kent County Council buildings saving 86 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, equivalent to taking 20 cars off the road.
On Monday at noon under a blazing sky, the largest array in the scheme with 608 panels was officially switched on by KCC’s Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey at Worrall House in West Malling.
Susan Carey said: “Kent County Council has long supported solar PV – our first installation was at Hever Primary School in 2007.
“Since then we’ve installed over 1,000 solar panels on all sorts of buildings ranging from the Cyclopark Gravesend to the Highways Depot at Ashford and many more schools.
“Today marks an acceleration in progress with a further 1,307 solar panels now in operation at five KCC buildings taking our total to nearly 2,500.”
“I’d like to thank KCC’s Sustainable Business and Communities team, SAS Energy, Salix Finance and all those who’ve helped bring this sunshine into our lives.”
During the summer months, Worrall House will be supplied with over 40% of its power by the solar panels on its roof, not only helping save the environment but saving costs on electricity bills for the taxpayer.
KCC has committed to work with our partners to achieve a zero carbon Kent by 2050 and to decarbonise its own operations and buildings well in advance of this.
Between 2010 and 2019 KCC reduced greenhouse gas emissions on its own estate by 45%.
Installed by Kent based SAS Energy, a total of 1,307 panels have been fitted on Worrall House, Swattenden Outdoor Activity Centre, Dartford Bridge Hub Campus, and at two Multi Agency Specialist Hubs for disabled children and their families – the Orchards in Swale and the Green Banks Centre in Thanet.
The project has been funded through Salix Finance, a government funded organisation which provides interest-free loans for energy improvements.
KCC’s Energy and Low Emissions Strategy can be seen here.