Solar panels have been installed on Wolverhampton’s Civic Centre roof to help Wolverhampton City Council cut utility costs and help protect the environment.

The solar installation forms part of the council’s continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions, after it pledged to reduce its carbon output by 20 tonnes per year.

The system is predicted to produce 41,000kWh of clean electricity per year. Wolverhampton City Council has invested £123,000 in the photovoltaic array and expects to pay back on their investment in eight years- through electricity bill savings and income generated from the feed-in tariff.

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is an excellent investment that will not only save taxpayers’ money but also help us do our bit for the environment.

“In the current economic climate, we need to look at initiatives that will bring about savings, not just in the short term but also over a long period of time. These solar panels will cut costs and bring in revenue for 25 years which is a welcome boost.

“We are also aware of our responsibility in reducing carbon emissions and this scheme will help us achieve this for a number of years to come.”

The council were able to install and register the system before Governmental cuts to the feed-in tariff came into effect on December 12.