Shropshire

Solar panel investment considered by Shropshire Council

Some 400 solar panels could be placed on council buildings in Shropshire in an effort to raise £700,000 a year.

Shropshire Council officers have recommended that cabinet members approve the £5.2m investment.

Electricity would be generated and sold to the National Grid under the plans, which will be considered on Wednesday.

The cabinet is also being asked to approve the principle of investing in wind turbines in order to generate £40,000 a year in electricity sales.

The authority said the predicted income figures would be from 2018 onwards.

The solar panels would be on council buildings across the county, but the exact locations have not been decided, the authority said.

A potential hydro-generation scheme at the weir in Castlefields, Shrewsbury, could also generate power for eight to nine months a year, the council said.

It said officers were due to take forward a project for the weir, which could generate estimated annual income of about £229,000 by 2018.

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