Nearly 10,000 solar panels will be installed in Portsmouth to help residents cope with rising energy bills

Described as a “game-changing” project, Portsmouth is set to see almost 10,000 new solar panels installed to help cope with soaring energy bills. The project will see five buildings and a parking canopy in Lakeside North Harbor adorned with solar panels.

Portsmouth City Council argued the initiative will protect commercial tenants in surrounding offices from rising electricity costs. 1,900 photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the roofs of the area while 8,000 others will be positioned above the existing car parks.

These combined projects will have a total renewable electricity generation capacity of 4.5 megawatts and could avoid the emission of 992 tons of carbon dioxide each year. When fully operational, calculations indicate that the output power could supply up to 38% of Lakeside North Harbour’s electricity needs.

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Meanwhile, the on-site two-megawatt battery will store excess electricity and have the capacity to power approximately 2,000 homes instantly. Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, Kimberly Barrett, hailed the project as a big step towards achieving the city’s net zero target and tackling the energy crisis facing many residents face.

“It’s great to see that we continue to build a portfolio of energy-saving projects across the city with the addition of this solar PV and battery in Lakeside. This will help support our tenants, businesses communities and residents at a time of rising energy bills.

“The inclusion of new electric vehicle charging points will encourage and support more people to switch to electric vehicles as a reliable mode of transport, reducing their carbon footprint in times of climate emergency.”

When completed, the Lakeside project will be the largest solar proposal ever undertaken by the council and the solar panels in the car park will be one of the largest solar car park canopies in the UK.

Lakeside Asset Manager said the project is a chance to improve the environmental output of the area, but also means that “occupiers will be able to save on spiraling electricity costs and reduce their carbon emissions while benefiting from the offers of Lakeside Wellness”.

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