A photovoltaic (PV) solar system supplied by SIG Sustainable Solutions has been installed at Nottingham’s Meadows Library.

It is estimated the system will cut the library’s electricity bills by 40% and save about one tonne of CO2 a year. A display panel situatedn the main library foyer is tracks how much energy the panels are generating.

Photovoltaic installation at Nottingham's Meadows Library
Photovoltaic installation at Nottingham's Meadows Library

12 solar panels were installed by SIG’s delivery partners, EvoEnergy, and are mounted on a flat roof using an A Frame. The 2kW (kilowatt) system is capable of delivering approximately 1700 kWh (kilowatt-hour) of electricity per annum.

The system forms part of the £1m Meadows Alive refurbishment project financed by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

Paul Roche, director, SIG Sustainable Solutions, said: “The system has a minimum life span of 25 years offering the library prolonged cost savings while reducing its impact on the environment. With the government due to introduce the ‘feed-in tariff’ in April next year this PV system will actually provide the library with a source of income as it will get paid for the energy it creates.”