Solar panels fitted to community hall in Exmouth will reduce town’s carbon footprint and save cash

Solar panels fitted to a community hall in Exmouth will reduce the town’s carbon footprint, save money on electricity bills and generate an income.

Exmouth Town Council, which owns the Gorfin Hall, in Claremont Lane, said the project followed on from last year when members declared a climate emergency and formed a Climate Change Task and Finish Forum to reduce the council’s carbon footprint, in a bid to tackle climate change.

The roof-mounted solar panels are expected to generate an income, supplying electricity to the national grid.

The hall, in Withycombe Raleigh, is estimated to save around £750 a year through electricity generated by the 16 panels.

Councillor Frank Cullis, chairman of the Gorfin Hall management committee, said: “The hall has a large south-facing roof and is ideally situated to take full advantage of solar power so the committee decided to invest in a sustainable energy system in order to reduce the hall’s carbon footprint, reduce future electricity bills and generate an income through the feed-in tariff, which is paid for exporting electricity to the grid.”

He added: “Sixteen solar panels form a 5.36 kwp photovoltaic system, with annual savings of £750 and an estimated payback of seven years, based on predicted performance and feed-in tariff calculations.”

Exmouth Town Council said the project followed the councillors’ declaration of a climate emergency in June 2019.

The council said the aim was reduce its overall carbon footprint and establish it as a ‘community leader in tackling the climate change crisis’.

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