Anesco completes solar hat trick for South Somerset Council
Following the successful installation of a solar PV scheme at the local authority’s head offices in Yeovil, Anesco was appointed to design and manage installs on a further two council buildings.
A 24.84kWp scheme at Petter’s House and a 49.68kWp scheme at Lufton Depot, join the 35.84kWp head office scheme in helping the council to offset 52 tonnes of carbon per year.
The project is part of a wider move by the council to reduce its overall energy consumption and carbon emissions. The council will benefit from energy savings whilst generating income of more than £22,000 a year through the government’s Feed in Tariff (FiTs), which makes payments for electricity generated through renewable sources.
The fast work of Anesco to design and install the additional two schemes and to liaise with the DNO to manage connecting to the national grid means they will achieve the highest level of payments through the FiTs initiative.
Providing financial protection for the council’s investment, Anesco’s innovative Anesco Meter service will monitor the solar schemes over the period of 25 years, to ensure the panels continue to generate at their optimum capacity.
"We are already seeing the benefit of substantial reductions to our energy costs to the benefit of all council tax payers by completing this and other projects,” said Councillor Henry Hobhouse, portfolio holder for property and climate change at South Somerset District Council.
“I am particularly pleased that we managed to complete these three installations before the reduction of the government feed in tariff, because it will maximise our investment over the next 25 years."
Gary Russ, South Somerset District Council Procurement and Risk Manager, said: “We would like to pass on our thanks and gratitude for the way the team at Anesco has worked on the last two PV projects for South Somerset District Council.
“Despite a very tight delivery schedule and both sites having particular challenges the team from Anesco has come up trumps every time. We were very impressed with the care and quality of the work.
“We felt the level of service and care taken was exemplary and our thanks go to the team. We appreciate the extra mile they have all gone to for us.”
Adrian Pike, CEO of Anesco, said: “This contract again demonstrates Anesco’s ability to work quickly, efficiently and safely, with a clear understanding of the needs of local authorities.
“We were able to complete these installations in record time and beating Government deadlines, so ensuring the maximum yield is generated for the council. The head office system is already over performing and our unique Anesco Meter maintenance service offers extra piece of mind by ensuring that any issues are immediately identified and rectified.”
Anesco has recently completed a number of key projects in the south west working with a wide range of local authorities, housing associations and businesses.