Portsmouth is already the council with the largest number of solar panels on roofs in their area. It has recently invested in a major solar panel project at the International Ferry Port. But now it is going further.
The City Council has committed a fund of £30 million to do more. The first project is to put 2,000 solar panels on the roofs of the Lakeside office development in Cosham. Then another 8,000 panels on new canopies built over the car park.
Not only will this create green energy and make the UK less dependant on Russian gas, it will also cut the energy bills at Lakeside. Currently these energy bills are over £1 million a year and rising. By creating our own solar power it will cut bills. Tesla batteries are also being installed to store the energy created. So if its sunny on Sunday but cloudy on Monday the batteries will store the solar power.
The City Council will also be investing in solar panels on Mayfield School to help reduce their bills.
"This is real action to make a real difference to global warming and take us towards becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030" says Lib Dem Cabinet Member for the Environment Kimberly Barrett.
"Portsmouth is becoming one of the very greenest councils in the country" said Lib Dem Council Leader, Gerald Vernon-Jackson