Adur & Worthing Councils’ investment in solar panels is now coming to fruition, with 154 panels being installed on Portland House, Worthing. A similar scheme will be installed on the Shoreham Centre later this year.
The energy generated by the panels will offset the energy used within the buildings, enabling a long-term financial saving for both the Councils and their local communities as the sun powers their day-to-day operations. Any additional energy generated will be sold back to the National Grid, adding to further long-term financial benefits.
This is a first step in the Councils’ drive to embrace opportunities and initiatives which use technology to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. By reducing their carbon emissions, the Councils will also be contributing directly to improving the environment and increasing the levels of local energy awareness.
Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “At the end of 2016 we committed to a three year plan of action to do more than ever to care for the environment and natural resources in Worthing. This is an early example of how we intend to become more sustainable, reduce our carbon footprint and save money for Worthing taxpayers”.
Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “Adur District Council is fully committed to promoting greater sustainability as outlined in the recently published ‘Stewarding our Natural Resources’ commitment, part of our ‘Platform for our Places’ strategic approach.
“Along with many of our residents who have installed solar panels to their own private properties, the Council is committed to a more environmentally friendly, fuel efficient and sustainable way of delivering our services. I wholeheartedly welcome this exciting new initiative.”
Adur & Worthing Councils have worked closely with Your Energy Sussex, the local council energy partnership led by West Sussex County Council, to make this project happen. Adur & Worthing Councils are members of the partnership that delivers energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the county.
Councillor Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “I am really delighted to see our local authorities working together through Your Energy Sussex to deliver ambitious renewable energy projects that will secure financial and environmental benefits for many years to come. By committing to clean and sustainable energy through our own strategies, I hope we can persuade many more of our residents and businesses to follow suit.”
You can find out more information about Your Energy Sussex at www.yourenergysussex.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @EnergySussex.