Last updated 24 March 2023
Solar panels installed at two key sites in Stockport, to boost the borough’s commitment to become carbon neutral
Panels will be installed at Grand Central Leisure Centre and Endeavour House in Bredbury
As part of Stockport Council’s commitment to support renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint, work is now underway at two key sites in the borough to install roof mounted solar panels, contributing to the target of becoming a carbon-neutral city region by 2038.
This important work will see Grand Central Leisure Centre in the town centre have their power fed directly into the leisure centre, helping to make the centre greener. It will produce around 300kWp and avoid over 46,500kg of CO2 emissions per year. The appointed contractor CorEnergy is leading on the installation.
Endeavour House in Bredbury will also benefit from EV Charging points, battery storage and a new sub-station as part of the upgrade. These renewables will produce an output of around 230kWp and will avoid over 34,500kg of CO2 emissions each year. The energy generated will power Endeavour House directly, with any excess in summer transferred to the battery. Work will be undertaken by ASH Integrated Services.
Both projects will complete by June 2023 and will be the blueprint that will help the Council to learn how best to retrofit renewables onto existing buildings, using the very latest technology, building expertise and learning.
Supported by a capital grant from the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, this funding has come about by working jointly as a consortium with five Greater Manchester authorities under the Unlocking Clean Energy in Greater Manchester (UCEGM) programme. There are currently eleven projects in the GM programme, collectively generating around 10MW pa of clean energy and saving an estimated 3,008t CO2 pa.
Cllr Mark Roberts, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Stockport Council, said: “In March 2019 Stockport Council declared a climate emergency and pledged support for the Greater Manchester Five Year Environment Plan. These two projects are just the start of fulfilling that commitment and this is a fantastic example of one of the many solutions available to organisations and businesses in the borough to decarbonise our society.”
Cllr Grace Baynham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Parks and Leisure Services, said: “This is very welcome news and it so important that we make provision to decarbonise in order to future proof our services. This is another big step forward in our commitment to become a carbon neutral borough.”
David Hughes CEO at Totally Local Company said: “The introduction of solar panels at TLC’s site in Bredbury is a great step forward in our target to decarbonise our operations and, by adopting the latest technologies, builds on our current green agenda. We’re proud to support Stockport Council’s target to be carbon neutral by 2038.”