Salford City Council given £5m solar boost

The funding will help the council install 1,500 solar panels on its buildings as it aims to become carbon-neutral by 2038

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Salford City Council will install more than 1,500 solar panels for use this Autumn, thanks to £5 million of new funding.

The government funding is being provided by public body Salix Finance and will see the council install solar panels on 11 of its buildings including leisure centres and park buildings.

It has set a target of achieving carbon-neutrality by 2038 and the council has stated the new solar installations will help in reaching that target.

The panels are forecast to generate more than 475,000KWh of energy per year, saving 120 tonnes of carbon emissions and £67,000 in the first year alone.

Councillor Mike McCusker said: “We are delighted more solar panels will soon be up and ready in Salford to help the council increase renewable energy in the city and cut our carbon emissions.

“This is just one part of our commitment to tackle climate change and be carbon-neutral by 2038. This is a serious issue and we are determined to do what we can to make a real difference.”