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Hundreds more solar panels to be installed on public buildings

15/02/13

Almost 900 solar panels are to be installed on council-owned buildings across Aberdeen as part of the Rent a Roof scheme.

Aberdeen City Council was the first local authority in Scotland to apply for the scheme and has already installed solar panels on many public buildings around the city, including sheltered housing developments, schools, offices and council depots. Planning permission was only needed for some of the buildings.

The Development Management Sub-Committee unanimously agreed applications at: Fergus House residential care home in Dyce (108 panels); Aberdeen Children's Home in Bucksburn (41 panels); Parkhill Court sheltered housing complex in Dyce (54 panels); St Machar Academy (484 panels); Ferryhill Community Centre (34 panels); and Bucksburn Swimming Pool (128 panels).

Convener Ramsay Milne said: ""This is a really good example of one of the many ways the council is working to improve its green credentials. The installation of these solar panels will not only reduce the environmental impact of the running of these buildings, but it will also reduce the cost of running them. I am pleased to see Aberdeen taking the lead in this way and expect other local authorities will follow it.

"I hope that the approval of these applications, which accord with the city's planning policies, will encourage applications from other public bodies and companies."