A HEREFORDSHIRE city is set to receive a solar-powered sanitary building after funding for the project has been secured.
The toilet block in the Red Meadow car park, Ross-on-Wye, will be equipped with photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and a battery that will allow the electricity generated to be stored.
The Ross-on-Wye City Council, which owns the building, has committed to funding part of its “green technologies to provide and use cleaner, greener and more sustainable energy”.
As part of the European Structural and Investment Growth Program 2014-2020, a successful application through the Marches Renewable Energy Scheme to the European Regional Development Fund in England resulted in an offer of 50% match funding for the project of £ 9,000.
A statement from the Ross-on-Wye City Council said: “This is particularly helpful when providing extra power as the load increases dramatically when an electric car is charged at the building's electric vehicle charging station.
“In contrast to domestic PV, the sanitary block has the advantage that the main energy consumption is during the day, when the modules are most productive.
“The system also comes with monitoring devices that make it possible to track the performance of the panels and also see the CO2 savings achieved.”
Ross-on-Wye City Council aims to make all city council activities carbon free by 2023.
Councilor Jane Roberts said, “As a councilor, we are committed to adopting greener and more sustainable technologies wherever possible, and we are delighted that this project is now underway.
“It is the first public building in Ross-on-Wye to use solar panels and we hope this will go a long way towards reducing our carbon footprint.”