Manchester City Council could buy its own solar farm under options to be discussed by councillors later this month. The idea is one of two options to emerge from a study into how the Council can get involved in large scale renewable energy generation as part of its wider ambitions to tackle climate change. The Council’s Climate Change Action Plan 2020-25 sets out to halve its direct carbon emissions by 2025 in support of the city’s goal to become zero carbon by 2038. Under the plan a carbon reduction of 7,000 tonnes a year – equating to almost half of the total saving by 2025 – is being targeted through large scale renewable energy generation. One way of achieving this, concluded the feasibility study and options appraisal carried out by public sector advice body Local Partnerships, would be for the council to buy a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, also known as a solar farm. The study concludes that no suitable sites for the solar farm – which it is estimated would have to be 100 hectares (equivalent in size to around 150 football pitches) to generate sufficient energy to meet the Council’s full ambitions – can be found in Manchester or Greater Manchester, and the Council may need to look elsewhere in the country. The council has already maximised renewable energy generation in its own buildings, for example Wythenshawe Forum, with roof-mounted solar PV cells. The other option identified is for the Council to negotiate a power purchase agreement, or agreements, directly with a renewable energy facility so it can be confident exactly where how its energy has been sourced.
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A Worcester resident is urging others to make the most of an offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free. Ken Digger, who lives in Himbleton Road, Worcester, recently had solar panels fitted on the south-facing property of the home he owns – with the entire cost covered through the Government’s Green Homes Grant delivery scheme. “The main appeal for me was using nature to help meet energy costs,” explains Ken. “A large portion of my electricity is now generated from solar power – and sometimes I even generate a surplus, which I can sell back to the National Grid.” It took less than a day to fit the panels to the roof of his home and connect everything back to the mains supply. After that all the home’s electric appliances and sockets functioned as previously, with Ken able to sit back and enjoy all the benefits. The energy efficiency rating of the property has gone from G (the lowest rating) to B.Ken is now planning to have the walls and loft at his property insulated – with the cost expected to be funded through grants too.
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