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Rutland & Stamford Mercury office building to get solar panels on flat roof

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Plans to install solar panels on the roof of an office building have been revealed.

Iliffe Media, which has owned the Rutland and Stamford Mercury since 2017, intends to put 200 panels on the flat roof of Cherryholt House in Cherryholt Road, Stamford.

The application to South Kesteven District Council has been submitted as part of green energy plans to add solar panels to a range of business premises owned by Edward Iliffe.

Cherryholt House in Stamford (58194664)
Cherryholt House in Stamford (58194664)

Power generated from the panels in Stamford will be used within the building as part of an electrical upgrade, while excess energy will be sold back to the National Grid.

The building’s proximity to Western Power Distribution’s sub-station makes it an ideal location, said Edward.

“The more efficient we can be, the better. It makes economic sense,” he added.

The panels will be on the building’s flat roof, meaning they should have little visual impact.

The installation represents further investment in the Mercury and Stamford by Iliffe Media, which bought Cherryholt House in May 2019.

Since then the Mercury’s editorial and advertising teams have moved into refurbished offices on the ground floor, from the first floor.

Recruitment firm MorePeople joined them in the building this summer, with the intention of expanding its Stamford-based operations.

MorePeople now shares the ground floor with the Mercury, as well as Euphoria Fitness and Creative Design and Print, both accessed from Brownlow Street. Data software company Trimble Luckins is on the first floor and Fusion3Fitness is in an adjoining building next door.

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