Norfolk County Council is looking at installing a solar PV array on Costessey Library. The proposed 10kWp system is expected to cover all the library’s energy needs.

NPS property consultants, who are handling the library’s planning application, said: “Careful consideration has been given to the scale, sitting and appearance of the PV panels. Although the development will be clearly visible from the surrounding area, the introduction of PV panels on a building with a prominent position close to a range of other community focused facilities will seek to increase public awareness of this form of green development, whilst at the same time creating electricity.”

Commenting on the planning application, Costessey Parish Councillor, Dianna Bates said. “We couldn’t see any problems with it. We didn’t see that it was going to cause any disruption or that it would obstruct anything in anyway at all.”

The four rows of solar panels are expected to produce almost 8,000kWh of energy a year, saving 4 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted in the process.

Norfolk County Council is planning a further rollout of solar, fitting arrays on fire stations at Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, North Earlham, Sprowston and the fire headquarters at Hethersett as well as ten other libraries.