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Solar panels on Civic Offices to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Civic Offices as part of Sutton Council’s efforts to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.  

Although not visible to staff and visitors, the 40kw system of 150 panels has been installed on top of the rooftop cooling towers to maximise energy generation.  

In the coming year, the council will be installing an additional 340kw of panels on other council buildings and social housing.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “Over the past seven years the council has invested more than £1.5million in improving the energy efficiency of its buildings.

“To continue its efforts in reducing carbon emissions and improving the environmental performance of its buildings, the council has now launched a programme of renewable energy installations.

“The programme will contribute towards the Council’s One Planet Sutton programme and its aspiration to become a Zero Carbon borough by 2025.”  

By converting sunlight into electricity the panels generate clean renewable energy, which over their 25 year lifespan will save the Council approximately £85,000 in electricity bills, and prevent around 400t of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

One Planet Sutton is a vision for the borough where people lead happy, healthy lives with a fair share of the Earth’s resources.

Sutton Council has committed to becoming a One Planet Borough by 2025. The council is working in partnership with a wide range of local voluntary and community groups to deliver this vision under the themes of cutting carbon emissions, cutting waste, valuing our natural environment, supporting healthy communities and supporting the local economy.

Find out more about the One Planet Sutton initiative here.