Tenterden Town Council last night (Monday, 8 March) authorised the fitting of solar panels on the upgraded maintenance block at the St Michael’s Recreation Ground.
It is a first step towards the council’s goal of making Tenterden a carbon-neutral town by 2030 by fitting solar panels to all council-owned property in the town.
The panels at the St Michael’s maintenance facility will heat and light the building, supply power for events in the park, and offer the potential for selling power back to the grid.
The panels will cost £11,120, and best projections indicate an annual saving of £2,086 a year, meaning complete payback in just over five years. The Town Council agreed to liaise with Ashford Borough Council to seek advice on their experience with solar panels, particularly around the costings involved.