The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has generated £22,000 from solar installations across police buildings at Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Gravesend, Deptford, Bromley and Sutton.

The payments were made under the feed-in tariff scheme for electricity generated from December 2011 to September 2012.

Neil Grange, Head of Carbon Management for the Met, said: “We are always looking at ways to become more sustainable and this scheme has the added bonus that we are able to use our roof space and generate an income from solar energy.

“The Met is a huge organisation and has a duty to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible. We are working on a range of projects to that end.”

During 2012, MPS completed 35 energy efficiency projects that will slash £380,000 off the force’s utility costs as well as reducing its carbon footprint by approximately 1,500 tonnes a year. The savings generated from all the environmental projects put in place by MPS will be recycled back into funding future schemes.