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Yorkshire Water to apply for permission to install panels to cut £45m energy bill
8:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
Harnessing energy from solar power could make Yorkshire Water’s Bradford head office more self-sufficient and environmentally friendly, according to company plans.
Kelda Water Services, which owns Yorkshire Water and has responsibility for its five million customers, is aiming to cut costs on its £45m annual energy bill. To offset this, the company has submitted a planning application to Bradford Council to mount more than 3,000 solar panels on its Western House offices in Halifax Road, Buttershaw.
The application states that Kelda generates ten per cent of its own electricity, but wants to increase this to 14 per cent within the next two years.
Should the development get the go-ahead, 3,197 solar panels would be installed across four buildings, potentially allowing the company to generate 17.6 per cent of the energy needed to power operations at the site.
“We’re really excited about the project,” said Paul Kelly, a spokesman for Kelda. “It will involve a significant reduction of energy consumption at the site, up to a figure of 30 or 40 per cent.”
If approved by Bradford Council, work is expected to take one month to complete at a cost of about £500,000.
The company said the new panels will be located on the roofs of existing buildings and that considerable care has been taken to ensure the designs are visually acceptable to nearby residents.
Electricity and gas use at the company’s Buttershaw base has already been reduced through the installation of new boilers, improved heating control systems and reprogrammed light sensors.
Matt Thompson, media manager for Yorkshire Water, said: “We make every effort to reduce our energy consumption and lower our carbon footprint wherever possible. This is a really positive initiative as any savings we make will be passed on to our customers.”