Switching to greener sources of energy has financially benefited Uckfield Town Council.
The council has installed 49 solar panels (also known as solar photovoltaics – PV) on the south-facing roof of the Civic Centre and put in a biomass boiler for heating.
A financial report to the council’s general purposes committee showed the boiler brought in £7,671 in the financial year 2014/15 through the Renewable Heat Incentive Payment (RHI), a government scheme aimed at supporting use of renewable heat
The boiler, fuelled by wood pellets, came into use in 2013 and provides heating for the Civic Centre. There is a back-up, smaller gas boiler.
The council was paid £4,917 in the last financial year for electricity generated by the solar panels under the feed-in tariff scheme.
They were installed about four years ago and generate electricity summer and winter.
A display panel near the front entrance to the Civic Centre displays the amount of electricity being generated.
All members of the general purposes committee attended the committee meeting on Monday. Present:
Chair: Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Vice-chair: Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central