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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service is Solar Powered

A £300,000 project will further enhance Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's commitment to sustainability.

Work starts next week to fit solar panels to buildings at its headquarters in Stone.

"This project will contribute to our target of at least 15 per cent of the electrical energy used by the Service being provided by a renewable source generated on site."

Ian Housley, Operational Assurance Manager, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Ian Housley, Operational Assurance Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The project, once completed, will contribute to our target of at least 15 per cent of the electrical energy used by the Service being provided by a renewable source generated on site.

"This work complements that which is being undertaken by our county, district and borough partners in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.

"The solar panels, called photovoltaics, are fitted to buildings to capture the suns energy and convert it to electrical power.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters has selected an integral tile on roof elevations which will provide maximum exposure to the sun’s energy."

The project is grant funded through the Government Low Carbon Buildings Programme and is being carried out by Solar Century.

Installation of the panels begins on Wednesday, February 17th with the scheme expected to be completed on March 16th.