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Solar powered libraries help to cut Bristol’s carbon emissions

Marksbury Road Library in Filwood ward is one of four sites across the city which has been fitted with solar panels and batteries to reduce carbon emissions.

Bristol City Council says it hopes the move will also improve the energy efficiency of the buildings and reduce their running costs.

The other sites are Wick Road in Brislington, Horfield and Westbury Libraries – with the energy generated meeting around 40 per cent of the on-site electricity usage. The estimated combined generation of 13,228 kWh could save a total of 3,060kg of carbon annually.

The battery storage enables the solar panels to contribute to power needs overnight such as out of hours operations, security lighting and IT Servers.

Cabinet Member of Climate, Environment, Energy and Waste, Councillor Nicola Beech, said: “Bristol’s libraries are at the heart of our communities and it’s brilliant to be able to ensure that these vital buildings are fit for the future and supporting our aims of reducing carbon, whilst also making sure that their running costs are reduced.

“These are exciting projects that will use new technology to significantly cut emissions from our corporate estate and ensure that the council remains on track to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2025.”

The equipment installed on the four library roofs – and also on a newly refurbished children’s home in Whitchurch, was carried over from previous projects.

This solar scheme for libraries follows the success of the solar installation at Bristol’s Central Library in recent years – around 4kW of solar power reduces the building’s emissions by around 3,350kg of carbon each year.

To find out more about the council’s energy projects, visit our Energy Service website.