Victorian Market to reduce carbon footprint with PV installation
The aim of the £20,000 installation is to use solar energy to create electricity which will save money on the Market’s energy bill and reduce the carbon footprint of the market’s operations.
Leader of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee, Councillor Ian Brown said: “I am delighted that we are being Carbon CLEVER with this PV panel installation at the Victorian Market. Not only can we reduce the Market’s energy consumption sustainably, the system will also bring an income to the Inverness Common Good Fund by reducing the energy bills.”
Forty PV modules rated at 10Kw are to be installed on the south facing elevations of the fish market roof looking to Union Street and Church Street. The energy produced will be used for all electrical loads in the building.
No disruption to Market businesses or customers is anticipated by the works which are due for completion by 28 March. The panels will generate in the region of 8,000Kw each year which relates to an annual energy saving cost of approximately £500 to £1,000 bringing an income of about £1,200 each year to the Inverness Common Good Fund.
Leader Brown added: “The panels are expected to deliver carbon savings of 85 tonnes over their lifespan which will contribute to the Council’s commitments for Inverness as a Carbon CLEVER City by the year 2025.”