Environmentally conscious business gets approval for solar panel plan

A BARNSTAPLE hotel will be going green after winning approval for a proposal to deck its roof with solar panels.

The Barnstaple Hotel has successfully applied to place photovoltaic cells on three sloping roof areas of the 63-bed single and two-storey hotel in Braunton Road.

It is hoped the project will generate up to 119.3mWh of energy per year and save around 63.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

In statement to North Devon Council planners on behalf of hotel owners, architects said the proposal was one of a range of energy-saving measures being adopted by the Brend Hotel Group.

Other initiatives being looked at include the use of LED lighting in public areas and upgrades to insulation, water and heating controls.

The hotel, a former motel, opened in 1968 and boasts conference and function rooms, a health club, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Electricity generated would offset that provided by the grid, especially during the day when leisure and conference facilities are in use and energy demand is at its highest.