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Tuesday 3 November 2015

Council fits solar panels to Westfields HQ to save money and climate


Cheshire East Council is fitting solar panels to the roof of its Westfields building over the next two weeks.

This will demonstrate the Council’s commitment to sustainable energy production and to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The investment of just under £50,000 will be paid back within six and a half years and will have a predicted 20 year cumulative financial benefit to the Council of around £200,000.

Since the inception of the Council a successful priority for the Facilities Management team has been to reduce the consumption of energy and the carbon footprint of council-owned buildings. This will release valuable funding to support residents through front line services.

It also supports the Council’s fourth outcome of creating a green and sustainable place to live. The works are expected to finish on November 18.

Councillor Rod Menlove, chairman of the Cheshire East Energy Ltd company said: "This is significant move by the Council to adopt renewable innovations that reduce our costs and provide maximum value for residents.

“We are considering other buildings in the portfolio that meet the suitability criteria for similar technology.”

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