Arts centre going green

Pocklington Arts centre
Pocklington Arts centre

A SUBSTANTIAL number of solar cells will be fitted to the Pocklington Arts Centre roof to produce free electricity for the venue.

The sub-panels will also give the town council, which owns the building, “a serious financial return on its capital investment,” according to Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Graham Perry.

Costing the council around £13,000 in total, the 52 small panels will produce free electricity for the Arts Centre during the day time and any power that is not needed can be sold back to the National Grid for 44 pence per kilowatt hour.

It can then be purchased back for just 13 pence per kilowatt hour.

Coun Perry said the council would get a return of 17 per cent on its investment.

In order to take advantage of this deal, the council needs to install the cells before the deadline in December, when the government will be changing the rules so the National Grid will give just 22 pence per kilowatt hour.

Coun Perry said: “The government, in terms of its green policy, has been very actively encouraging people to fit these panels that will generate electricity as a removable energy.

“We looked at the buildings we own and the one that seemed to offer that opportunity was the flat roof to the rear of the Arts Centre.

“It is simply a no brainer.

“It gives the council the chance to support the government green policy. It gives the council a serious financial return on its capital investment.

“It is a noise free means of generating electricity. It is not as physically intrusive as wind turbines. We are now able to install proven technology.”