Decision - Photovoltaic Solar Panel Implementation Plan for non-housing properties
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Photovoltaic Solar Panel Implementation Plan for non-housing properties
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek Cabinet approval to undertake funding
and a subsequent installation programme of photovoltaic solar
panels for a selected number of non-housing council sites in order
to generate renewable electricity and enable the collection of the
Feed in Tariff.
(1) That Cabinet notes the outcome of the initial soft tendering exercise and recent framework contract development indicates that there is an outline business case to support delivery of a solar photovoltaic scheme across the council’s non-housing stock that saves energy costs and reduces carbon emissions.
(2) That Cabinet approves the installation of Photovoltaic Solar Panels on the properties highlighted in appendix 1 subject to completion of the tendering exercise and the financial viability of each site.
(3) That Cabinet approve funding of up to £2.6m for the sites identified within Appendix 1. The business case will be funded through a combination of borrowing and the use of reserves subject to the Council’s overall financial position.
(4) That Cabinet delegates authority to the Strategic Director Resources and the Director Finance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance & Central Services to allow them to approve the purchase and installation of the panels for these identified properties through the self finance route, once more detailed costs are provided at the end of the tender process. This will allow the Council to move quickly and take advantage of the energy savings and be able to collect the full Feed in Tariff from the start.
Reasons for the decision:
To move quickly to assess the benefits of the Feed in Tariff scheme and to take advantage of any opportunity this offers the Council to gain investment and energy savings before the Feed in Tariff is reviewed in April 2012.
To take forward any procurement of the supply and installation of solar PV panels in order to establish actual costs to inform economies of scale and further consideration of business case and appropriate funding model.
Alternative options considered:
The Council wishes to take forward any procurement of the supply and installation of PV solar panels in order to establish actual costs to inform economies of scale and further consideration of business case and appropriate funding model. Any final decision on funding options, level and source of funding to progress this scheme will be subject to Cabinet approval. However, an initial options appraisal by the Corporate Energy Water Team indicates that the greatest benefits to the Council could be achieved through a fully owned and funded model.
Indications from the initial options appraisal suggest that on balance a fully funded and owned model of delivering a solar PV scheme has the potential to create significant income, generated by the Feed in Tariff payment, to the council over a 25 year period.
Report author: Angela Dymott, Glynnan Barham
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Date of decision: 09/06/2011
Decided at meeting: 09/06/2011 - Cabinet
Effective from: 17/06/2011