Plans for £268k solar panels in Cirencester are a step closer

THE installation of solar panels on Cotswold District Council’s Cirencester offices is a step closer as civic chiefs have agreed to go-ahead with the investment.

The council is looking to spend £210,000 on photovoltaic panels for its Trinity Road offices and £59,000 for a tenanted council-owned site.

The idea is that it will help reduce the climate impact of electricity consumption within the council’s estate.

It will also help deliver part of its commitment to becoming net zero carbon in operation by 2030 as well as generating a return on investment.

Councillors went into closed session at a meeting last week to be able to discuss the confidential business cases and the tender outcome summary as well as a lease risk.

The council went on to proceed with investment in roof mounted solar PV based on the business cases in this report and also set aside £27,000 for contingency costs.

Deputy leader and finance cabinet member Mike Evemy (LD, Siddington and Cerney Rural) said it had taken longer than expected as they were waiting for the evaluation on the future of the building.

“I know it’s been the aspiration for many members of the council for a number of years to put solar panels on the roof of this building.

“The solar panels will be on elements of the roof but not the glass elements which are being replaced and have been leaking.

“So this is the proposal in front of you, to put solar panels on this roof and potentially on another site that we have in our ownership which is currently tenanted.”

He said the funding for the solar panels is from the community municipal investment scheme the council ran last year which raised almost £500,000 for environmental projects.

Cllr Evemy also explained it was prudent to set aside a 10 per cent contingency which comes to £27,000 to fund any unexpected costs.

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