You might not be able to see it but County Hall just got a bit more sustainable this week.
As part of Fingal County Council’s climate change action plan, solar panels were installed on the roof of County Hall on Swords Main St.
The Chief Executive explained in her report to councillors this week:
As part of the ongoing Energy Performance Contract, we have recently installed Solar PV panels on the roof in County Hall, Swords. The Solar PV panels are projected to produce 9,757 kWh/annum. With current electricity price of €0.27 excl. VAT per kWh, the annual value of the electricity produced by the system should generate €2,634.40. Planned installation of the Solar PV panels in Civic Offices, Grove Road is due to take place in the middle of April.
Cllr Ian Carey commented:
It’s is good to see Fingal leading by example when it comes to the roll out of Solar PV on public buildings. While the 10kWh system that went on the roof of County Hall is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to meeting our energy needs, if this was replicated across all public buildings, schools and hospitals, we would start to have a more substantial impact. We need to continue to encourage everyone who can to put solar PV on their roof. If we want to get to energy security we need to expoit every opportunity and promote a rooftop revolution across the country.”