The record-breaking sunshine during the summer of 2018 has proved to be an added bonus to Portsmouth's solar energy production.
Over the last seven years Portsmouth City Council has installed 23,000 panels totalling 5.75 Megawatts across their buildings in Portsmouth as part of a strategy to reduce energy expenditure, carbon emissions and earn income from the sale of power and subsidies.
City buildings including libraries, leisure centres, schools, housing blocks, offices and the Civic offices all host the council's solar infrastructure.
In 2018 these solar systems generated 3.75GWh of clean electricity, enough to power 960 standard 3 bed houses for a year.
This generated £350,000 for the city council during the sunniest year on record; and also pushed the total income to authority from the panels over their lifetime to over £1 million.
Portsmouth City Council Energy Services Team Manager Andrew Waggott said "Britain's heatwave last summer really helped boost the energy generated at our sites, in fact some buildings experienced periods of being entirely powered by solar power. It's a fantastic achievement and something I hope we see a lot more of as more and more people embrace solar energy."
Assistant Director of Buildings for Portsmouth City Council, Meredydd Hughes said "Installing Solar PV on our buildings' has made sound economic sense and has off-set the need to buy peak-time electricity from the grid. We've also achieved further cost savings by our in-house energy services team project managing our Solar PV scheme. The results really do speak for themselves' that investing in these technologies prove to be an effective way for local authorities to provide sustainable energy whilst generating income back into supporting public services."
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