William Eichler 07 August 2018

Council’s solar farm generates £1.3m in second year

Council’s solar farm generates £1.3m in second year image

Forest Heath District Council’s solar farm has generated more than £1.3m of income in its second year enabling the authority to plough over £370,000 back into council services.

The council purchased the £14.5m solar farm in 2016 based on a 25-year, independently produced business model which indicated how the solar farm is likely to perform.

Figures for the 12 months to the end of July show that it generated 12,258MWh — enough to power around 3,300 homes and offset the carbon dioxide emissions from 1,500 cars.

This is sold on the National Grid and has raised the local authority £1.3m. It has also helped Forest Heath establish itself as a carbon neutral council.

After taking into account the operating costs and recouping some of the capital used to buy the solar farm, this means it has generated £372,300 towards the funding of council services, compared to a predicted £330,000.

Cllr Stephen Edwards, cabinet member for resources and performance at Forest Heath District Council, said: ‘I am proud of this investment and what it will help us achieve on behalf of our communities for many years to come.

‘The business case for investing in the solar farm looked at independent data on how it was likely to perform, and it was this that gave councillors of all political persuasion, the confidence to vote in favour of the investment.

‘What we are now seeing is that the solar farm is performing exactly how we said it would.’

Highways jobs

Head of Effective Practice and Quality Assurance

North Yorkshire County Council
£57,933 to £68,850
Are you ambitious, passionate and driven? We are! North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Team Manager

Brent Council
£51,450 - £54,597 p.a. inc.
Excellent social work service that enables our children and young people to fulfil their potential and achieve positive outcomes. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Social Worker

Brent Council
£31,548 - £41,706 p.a. inc.
We look forward to receiving your application. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Level 2 Business Administration

London Borough of Bexley
£8,042 per annum
Level 2 Apprenticeship in Purchasing. Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bexley

Senior Practitioner - CYPDS

Camden London Borough Council
£40,028 - £46,431 per annum
Looking for a super talented, dedicated, highly motivated Senior Practitioner who is keen to progress and share our... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine