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Solar panels save cash at the crematorium

Solar panels installed at Hereford’s Crematorium promise to save tax payers nearly £5,000 a year, significantly reducing its electricity bills as well as its carbon footprint. 

Caplor Energy has installed 106 solar panels to the roof of the crematorium as part of a joint project with Herefordshire Council.  The 26.46kWp installation on the Hereford Crematorium on Westfaling Street is expected to generate 15,142.18 units of electricity a year and save over 12 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Councillor Russell B Hamilton, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning, said: “The council is always looking at ways of reducing our collective carbon emissions and energy bills.  Investing in these solar panels now will make long term savings for our tax payers as well as reducing our carbon footprint.

“I am also pleased that we have been able to work with a well-established local company who have designed and installed the panels extremely efficiently with no disruption to our services.”

Gareth Williams, Managing Director at Caplor Energy added: “We’re delighted to have worked with the council on this project.  Solar PV systems are well suited to crematoriums as they are silent and so won’t disrupt the business of the site, which requires peace and tranquillity. 

“It’s really encouraging to see local councils recognising the benefits solar energy systems can offer for their commercial and residential premises.”