The photovoltaic array in Bideford mans the council will save money and reduce its carbon footprint.

Torridge District Councils has installed 50 new solar panels on Riverbank House to reduce its carbon footprint and save money.

The 15 kWp solar photovoltaic array will reduce the carbon footprint of the council by 8,000kg of carbon dioxide a year.

It will also save it more than £1,700 in electricity bills, plus the council will get paid for every unit of ‘green’ electricity it generates.

Through this Feed-in Tarriff scheme, the panels will pay for itself in just over five years.

Jane Whittaker, leader of Torridge District Council said: “I am really pleased that we have been able to play a small part in reducing the council’s carbon footprint still further while at the same time saving money.

“It really is a win win situation for the council and residents and I hope we can identify and implement further schemes that offer these sort of outcomes.”