LETTER: Committed to energy growth
Councils can play a significant role in supporting the growth in renewable energy ('˜How much electricity', Observer letters March 10).
West Sussex County Council has a long-standing commitment to generating and using low carbon energy, whether that’s from our solar panels mounted on the roof of our corporate buildings and schools or from our own 5 MW solar farm on council land at Tangmere.
Tangmere Solar Farm, which is capable of providing renewable energy to 1,500 homes, has only been in operation for since October 2015 but, according to our latest figures for January 2016 it generated 132,755 kWh during that month. As the days get longer, and we hope warmer, this will increase. Some of the energy generated at Tangmere Solar Farm also provides power to our buildings, which helps to reduce our overhead costs and carbon emissions.
Through our leadership of Your Energy Sussex, the local council energy saving partnership, we have plans to increase the amount of renewable energy generated in the county, providing security of energy supply and future cost savings.
We will continue to share information about the amount of energy we generate with our residents.
Cllr Louise Goldsmith
Leader of the Council