Community hub in Manchester goes solar to save more than £50k in energy costs every year

The photovoltaic installation at Wythenshawe Forum is forecast to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 121 tonnes every year

Big Zero Report 2023

One of Manchester‘s largest public buildings, the Wythenshawe Forum, will be powered by solar electricity to save an estimated £50,000 in energy costs every year.

The new photovoltaic installation on the community hub’s roof is forecast to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 121 tonnes each year.

The building will also undergo a LED upgrade of 1,386 lights, which is predicted to cut energy consumption by 70%.

The measures are part of Manchester City Council’s £25 million-plan to shrink its carbon footprint with retrofit developments across its highest emission buildings.

The upgrades are believed to help the city work towards achieving its net zero goal by 2038 at the latest.

Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport Councillor Angeliki Stogia said: “This project to modernise the energy supply for Wythenshawe Forum is a great example of the work which is happening right across the city to cut carbon emissions from the Council’s buildings as quickly as possible.”

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