The Collection Building in Lincoln now features a 4.80kWp array of solar panels, installed as part of a £1.1 million project designed to reduce the museum’s energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions.

The project was completed as part of a wider scheme run by Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with Boston Borough, West and East Lindsey, South Holland and City of Lincoln. In total solar installations have been completed on fourteen other buildings throughout Lincolnshire, including two schools and several office buildings.

All of the installations were carried out by local engineers Seymour and Castle Ltd alongside the company’s partners Jetion Europe. All of the panels and installation were purchased through a single tender process, led by Procurement Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council.

Steve Golightly, Senior Sustainability and Climate Change Officer at the County Council, said: “Through installing these solar panels across the county, we will be reducing carbon emissions, becoming more energy efficient, and ensuring an income stream for the local authorities concerned for the next 25 years.

“I’m delighted that we were able to award this substantial contract to local electrical contractor, Seymour and Castle, who joined up with Jetion, a worldwide distributor of solar panels. They won the contract through an open tender process, which included many large national companies.”

A spokesman from Seymour and Castle Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract with the local authorities and in particular for a prestigious building like the Collection Museum. We are used to dealing with sensitive properties and this recent project has seen us work on some of Lincolnshire’s most high profile buildings.”