Oxford City Council is lauding what it claims is one of the UK’s “largest public solar carports”. Installation of the carport has taken place at the Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, with the canopy featuring over 350 solar panels and stretching over 48 parking spaces. It is set to generate over 80,000kWh per year, Oxford City Council said. Costing £175k, the carport was commissioned by the council with support from Fusion Lifestyle. It has been installed by 3TiEnergyHubs and was 90% funded by the Salix Recycling Fund, a fund that matches public sector organisations in energy efficient technology investments. Leys pools already boasts a 122kW rooftop install above the swimming pool which, when combined with the carport, will provide over 23% of the building’s annual electricity needs. Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford, said the council has “leapt forward” in its journey to becoming a Zero Carbon Council by 2020 and the Leys Pool and Leisure Centre has “become a power station for public good”.
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