Work starts on ‘first publicly-owned’ solar farm

Construction has started on Rochdale Borough Council’s 250kW solar project in Greater Manchester. Located on a former waste disposal site at the Rochdale Leisure Centre, it is said to be […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Construction has started on Rochdale Borough Council’s 250kW solar project in Greater Manchester.

Located on a former waste disposal site at the Rochdale Leisure Centre, it is said to be the first publicly-owned solar farm.

Work has also begun on the council-owned 100kW rooftop solar system at Heywood Sports Village.

Electricity generated from both the projects will power the sports complexes.

Mark Widdup, Director of Economy and Environment for Rochdale Borough Council said: “We are leading the way as a ‘green’ authority and this solar farm will not only bring in revenue for the authority but help us become more energy self-sufficient in a time where fuel bills are on the rise.”

The Council has agreed to reduce carbon emissions by 48% by 2020 as part of the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy.