Council powers on to cut costs
LIBRARIES have been fitted with solar panels under a scheme to cut bills and carbon emissions.
Thirteen libraries, including those in Newcastle, Kidsgrove, Clayton, Werrington, Silverdale, Biddulph and Rising Brook, are benefiting from the PV panels fitted by Staffordshire County Council.
The scheme is expected to cut £11,618 from the authority's electricity bills for the first year, with a further £26,000 to be gained from the Government's Feed in Tariffs.
The £450,000 it cost to install the panels in libraries came from the council's Corporate Priorities Fund is expected to be paid back within nine years.
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Councillor Mark Winnington, cabinet member for environment and assets, said: "Each library fitted with solar panels has a public facing meter installed so that residents can see for themselves how much energy is being generated."