The record-breaking sunshine during the summer of 2018 proved to be an added bonus to the city’s solar energy production. Over the last seven years, the City Council has installed 23,000 panels totalling 5.75 Megawatts across their buildings in Portsmouth as part of a strategy to reduce energy expenditure, carbon emissions and earn income from the sale of power and subsidies.
In 2018 these solar systems generated 3.75GWh of clean electricity, enough to power 960 standard 3 bed houses for a year. This generated £350,000 for the City Council during the sunniest year on record; and also pushed the total income to PCC from the panels over their lifetime to over £1 million.
City buildings including libraries, leisure centres, schools, housing blocks, offices and the Civic offices all host the council’s Solar infrastructure. Britain’s heatwave last summer helped boost the energy generated at these sites and some buildings experienced periods of being entirely powered by solar power, said Meredydd Hughes – AD Buildings.
Andrew Waggott Energy Services Team Manager for Portsmouth City Council said, ” Installing solar PV on operational sites has made sound economic sense and has off-set the need to buy peak-time electricity from the grid. In addition further cost savings were achieved by having the working project managed by the Council’s own in-house energy services team.