Oxford City Council has installed 66 solar panels to the roof of St Aldate’s Chambers, the Council’s main city centre offices.
The photovoltaic panels, which were installed in January, will generate about 18,539 kWh of electricity and avoid about 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. It is expected that the panels will generate about 10 per cent of the building’s electricity.
The panels, which cost £45,000, will generate about £4,445 of income every year for the Council through the Government’s Feed in Tariff, selling electricity to the grid and avoiding the use of grid electricity.
Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board member for Climate Change, said: “Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing Oxford. It is crucial that everyone does all they can to reduce their carbon emissions.”