Solar power to fire up two 999 stations

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TWO fire stations could be generating their own power if plans to install solar panels are given the green light.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has applied to South Kesteven District Council to put solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of Stamford and Billingborough fire stations.

The brigade submitted a planning application in December to install panels at Bourne fire station and is waiting for the result.

These panels are hoped to generate enough electricity to power the stations for the year but any extra will be fed into the National Grid.

The brigade will then be paid for this electricity under the Government’s Feed In tariff.

If planners approve all the applications the solar panels could be installed at Billingborough, Bourne and Stamford by April.

The projects, which cost a combined total of £35,000, are being paid for from a £500,000 Government grant awarded three years ago.

This grant allows the brigade to modify its 37 fire stations in the county.

Resources manager Andy Whitfield said that the project would bring in extra income for the brigade.

He said: “Stamford and Billingborough stations would give us in the region of annual generation of 8,000 to 9,000 kwh.

“This would quite easily power the stations for the year plus extra.

“We are just trying to become a more economic and better service to the county council.”

Deepings Methodist Church is also producing renewable energy thanks to a 21-panel solar photovoltaic system, which was installed a year ago.

The Rev Ann Bossingham will be dedicating the installation during a ceremony on Saturday, February 19, at 11am.

The church was able to finance the £16,500 project with various grants and the congregation also ran a number of fundraising efforts to raise the money.

The church is also taking part in the Government Feed-in Tariff.