Leisure centre could be fired up by the sun

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SOLAR energy could be used to power one of Boston’s leisure centres if council plans go ahead.

The Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, in Rowley Road, is the site recommended for the solar roof panels – estimated to cost £338,000 to install.

A report by Boston Borough Council outlines the need for the authority to invest in solar panels ‘to generate long-term, guarranteed income, avoid future energy price increases and curb carbon emissions’.

Three facilities were indentified as potential sites for the solar panels – the other two being Boston Crematorium and the Municipal Buildings, in West Street.

Criteria taken into account for selecting the three poetnial sites included orientation, roof slop and electricity consumption.

However, the report recommends the Geoff Moulder site as this is expected to provide the greatest financial return.

If the council goes ahead with the solar panels, it is expected to generate ‘payback’ savings eight-10 years after installation.

The estimated ‘likely return’ over 25 years is £1,752,624 – but the ‘best case’ scenario could see a profit of almost £4 million.

The council had previously set a target in its Carbon Management Plan to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by March 31, 2014, based on what they were in 2008/9.

By March 31 this year, the council had already achieved reductions of 12 per cent.

The recommendations for the panels – called Solar Photovoltaics (PV) systems – will be made at a meeting of the corporateand community committee tomorrow (Thursday).

l What do you think to the plans for solar panels? Email gemma.gadd@jpress.co.uk.