Children’s centre to go green with solar panels

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ECO-friendly solar panels are to be fitted to a children’s centre in Hucknall as part of an £800,000 investment programme.

Notts County Council has given the green light for the ‘green’ initiative at the Butlers Hill and Broomhill SureStart centre on Broomhill Road.

The panels will reduce the carbon footprint of the venue and also earn money for the county council through excess electricity generated returning to the National Grid.

Seven buildings across the county will be fitted with the panels which, it is estimated, will earn a total of £2 million for the council coffers over 25 years.

Coun Reg Adair (Con), the council’s lead member for finance and property, said: “With rising energy-prices and increasing taxes on our carbon emissions, it makes sense for the council to generate some of its own energy and create an income stream by installing solar panels on our buildings.

“The council aims to safeguard our environment, and this investment has the added benefit of reducing our carbon footprint.”

Work on the panels is set to start in January and will be completed by the end of March.