Hundreds of Solar Panels Planned for Aberdeen Council Roofs

‘Rent-a-Roof’ scheme provides cash and power

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.”


2 Responses to “Hundreds of Solar Panels Planned for Aberdeen Council Roofs”

  • By definition “Sustainability” is ultimately characterised by a system which requires no subsidy in the long run. However,Solar PV along with other forms of Renewable Energy sources will still call for a heavily subsidised system in place for a length of time to let it to develop in a protected environment and take roots to be able to ultimately have the opportunity of competing against non-renewable fuels as well as the nuclear power which right now we rely so heavily upon. But for just how long will this support be needed?

    I don’t think that anybody who actively entered into or enters the business either as an investor, customer, company owner or installer thought that the primary subsidies were sustainable or indeed suitable for the industry in the long term but without them the industry would not be where it is today!

    However, many people built their UK business models around subsidy guidelines through the feed in tariff system that has been changed radically because of the government and caused many organizations to go bust making unemployed numerous workers who had been drawn into the industry. This really is all fact! After reviewing the electricity industry in its entirety, the Economy and in what way best to integrate Renewable kinds of generation into the domain for the greater good of all i build the design for a system which will result in “Grid Cost Parity” for renewables which will not need a subsidy system to be effective.

    Briefly, the conceptual background to this particular patent application is based on the advantages belonging to the practice of sharecropping by communities on a collective basis embedded within a competitive marketplace by directly attaching the rights and distribution to the output of the crop (In this case Green energy Electricity, farmed on a large scale basis) directly back to the owning individuals within defined limits for his / her own personal useage and thus outside the monetary and taxation system. This financial approach being in line with the Governments current policy with regard to the benefits obtainable from the current feed in tarrif system for domestic installations.

    For those who are truly an enthusiast of finding and supporting an effective way to make the world a better place then please go to my website and follow the tab towards Patent Application which includes all the details of the design that is now at the publication stage with the Intellectual Property Office in the UK.Please be aware that the application is only for the UK and the design can be used as the basis for any project outside the UK on an open source basis.

    More information of this application along with other articles which i’ve written on the subject, including “Why and How the Government and the Energy Companies Sacrificed thousands of Jobs in the Solar PV Industry” are also open for discussion on my Solar blog page.

    I really believe the best way forward should be to keep installing but the Green deal is actually just another load of Green Spin Policy.

  • Mike Ferrigan:

    Simon, while I agree with what you say regarding subsidies, I don’t agree that your definition of “sustainability” is correct.
    A reduction in consumption, population and resource usage is necessary to travel the truly sustainable path. Solar panels, however they are sourced and “paid” for do not meet any of these criteria.

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