Council’s solar energy plans shining

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Council buildings in West Lothian are now used as sites for 70 kilowatts of solar panels.

The council have installed 300 panels at Springfield Primary School, Linlithgow; West Lothian Civic Centre; the Sutherland Building at Beecraigs Country Park and Whitburn Academy, representing an investment of £130,000 in the carbon saving programme so 
far.

The scheme at Springfield Primary School has generated enough to keep an average house going for a year.

The next planned installation is at Linlithgow Academy with other school buildings in the pipeline.

Total revenue savings for Linlithgow Academy when the whole system is operation is estimated at £6000 a year.

Hopetoun Renewables recently applied for permission to install solar panels at Hopetoun Farm.

Before putting up solar panels the council advises you to check planning permission requirements but rules are more relaxed outwith conservation areas for free standing panels.

Councillor Tom Conn said: ‘‘It is great news that the programme of installing solar panels by the council’s own qualified team is progressing and already delivering energy and carbon savings.”