Council steps up care home solar installations

Bolton Council has installed solar panels on three of its care homes in a bid to cut energy costs and carbon emissions.

The three homes were among four facilities chosen for solar panel installation following a review of the council’s most energy intensive buildings by contractor Forrest, according to businessGreen.

Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said: “The solar panels will not only save the council money on the running costs of these facilities, but will also contribute to meeting the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy target of reducing carbon emissions by 48% by 2020.”

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The council hopes the systems, which will provide over 2GWh of energy over the next 20 years, will save nearly £200,000 in energy costs and cut CO2 emissions by 950 tonnes over the same period.

Paul McCarren, energy services director at Forrest, said the initiative was part of a long-term renewable partnership between the business and Bolton Council.

Mr McCarren said the partners were now seeking to identify the next sites for the programme.

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