Council reveals plan for solar panels at community stadium

First published in News Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

COLCHESTER United’s stadium could soon be going green.

Solar panels could be installed on top of stadium.

Colchester Council wants to put the panels on ten buildings it owns, including the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

If plans get the go-ahead the council will save money on its electricity bills and make a small amount of money from the energy firms.

The other buildings are the Colchester Business Centre, Mile End Sports Pavilion, North Colchester Business Incubation Centre, Shrub End depot offices, Leisure World Colchester, Rowan House council offices, Heckworth Close museums store, Colchester Crematorium and Gosbecks Road offices.

It will cost £800,000 to install the panels, but the council hopes to get the money back from selling on the electricity.

Paul Smith, councillor for business and resources, said: “It is not often we get the chance to save money and the environment at the same time.

“With the experience we have gained from putting them on council houses we are confident this will provide a good income stream for the next 25 years.

“Places such as Leisure World will update their budgets accordingly for electricity costs because they would not be paying it any more, but clearly we would say to the community stadium we would install them but we want to see some of the benefit.”

Peterborough City Council, which is set to get the contract for the installation works, has already put solar panels on 16 of its properties including leisure facilities and schools.

The majority of the panels are due to be installed by the end of March, and it will reduce CO2 emissions by around 200 tonnes each year.

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1:09pm Fri 24 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

Sounds like a good idea, saving energy really needs to be pushed by Central govt, but it's good to see local govt taking the lead also if it can long term pay for itself and even make abit of cash even better.
If they want space to put in a few more panels why not fill in the corners of the ground too.
Sounds like a good idea, saving energy really needs to be pushed by Central govt, but it's good to see local govt taking the lead also if it can long term pay for itself and even make abit of cash even better. If they want space to put in a few more panels why not fill in the corners of the ground too. angryman!!!
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1:40pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Citizen 139 says...

Why is Peterborough City Council getting the installation contract? Surely there's a company in Colchester or even Essex that could do the job.

Wonder whose mate is getting the job!
Why is Peterborough City Council getting the installation contract? Surely there's a company in Colchester or even Essex that could do the job. Wonder whose mate is getting the job! Citizen 139
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3:44pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

It's a strange comment to suggest the council may only re-coup some of the benefits from installing these panels at the stadium? Surely the council, who are spending our money to install these panels on buildings owned by the public should be the ones who re-coup ALL the benefits, not just some of them.
It's a strange comment to suggest the council may only re-coup some of the benefits from installing these panels at the stadium? Surely the council, who are spending our money to install these panels on buildings owned by the public should be the ones who re-coup ALL the benefits, not just some of them. Say It As It Is OK?
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4:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

I would suggest that every 7-10 years will have on costs that will outweigh any savings.the only winners in this are panel makers.time will tell the story.
I would suggest that every 7-10 years will have on costs that will outweigh any savings.the only winners in this are panel makers.time will tell the story. stevedawson
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3:21am Sat 25 Jan 14

Boris says...

Citizen 139 wrote:
Why is Peterborough City Council getting the installation contract? Surely there's a company in Colchester or even Essex that could do the job.

Wonder whose mate is getting the job!
Some (not all) installers of solar panels are as dodgy as nine-bob notes. And that goes for at least one company near here. If Peterborough have their own direct-labour staff who install them, they probably do a proper job. Also, public sector organisations should help each other out.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: Why is Peterborough City Council getting the installation contract? Surely there's a company in Colchester or even Essex that could do the job. Wonder whose mate is getting the job![/p][/quote]Some (not all) installers of solar panels are as dodgy as nine-bob notes. And that goes for at least one company near here. If Peterborough have their own direct-labour staff who install them, they probably do a proper job. Also, public sector organisations should help each other out. Boris
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