The Council’s first solar photovoltaic installation was unveiled today at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre.
The new 100 kW system consists of 400 solar panels and can produce electricity to meet over 30% of the building’s annual energy needs. The centre is an ideal location for the system, which will benefit from its sunny, south facing roof.
Visitors to the sports centre will be able to track how much energy the solar panels have produced from an electronic display installed at the reception. This display will show how much electricity has been generated and how much carbon has been saved by using the renewable energy on site.
After accreditation, the system will be able to claim a Feed-in Tariff for all electricity generated. It will also export electricity to the national grid and contribute to the county-wide target to increase energy from renewable sources by 10 per cent by 2020.
The installation took four weeks to complete and was undertaken by East Sussex based company Ecosphere Renewables.
Company Director, Rob Santler said ‘It was a privilege to work with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in the design and installation of the Council’s first PV system. Ecosphere Renewables are very pleased to help towards local council and national carbon reduction targets. PV systems are ideal for buildings that have large roofs and a high energy usage, and this installation recognises the important role Solar PV can play in making energy production more sustainable.’
Councillor Barrington-King said ‘This solar PV installation is an exciting step in the implementation of our carbon management plan and represents an appropriate use for the technology and a good investment. This system will provide a source of clean energy for the tennis centre for the next 25 years, it will payback our investment and provide technology and a good investment. This system will provide a source of clean energy for the tennis centre for the next 25 years, it will payback our investment and provide a source of income in the future.’