Putting energy waste to Bedford

A UK council expects to save nearly £2,000 in energy costs and generate an income of more than £6,000 every year by investing in green energy. The first stage of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A UK council expects to save nearly £2,000 in energy costs and generate an income of more than £6,000 every year by investing in green energy.

The first stage of a £1.7 million RE:FIT project for Bedford Borough Council included the installations of 212 PV panels on the roof of its car park.

Contractor for the project MITIE claims the solar panels will generate enough energy to power the car park and sell the remaining back to the National Grid, cutting its bills and reducing 10.3 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson (pictured) said: “This project produces a win-win situation, with real benefits for local taxpayers and for our environment. Improvements to the Council’s properties will help to reduce their running costs and impact on the environment as well as generating a regular and sustainable income for the Council long into the future.”

The project also includes improvements to be made to seven council properties in order to cut their running costs and environmental impact.

Last month Fife Council also announced it expects to save around £1.2 million by turning its food and garden waste into energy.