Solar panels installed at Lincoln city centre car park

Lighting at a Lincoln city centre car park will be completely powered by renewable energy after 20 solar panels were installed.

The panels, fitted to the south facing side of Lucy Tower Street Car Park, were activated earlier this week and are hoped to save City of Lincoln Council thousands of pounds in lighting costs each year.

The £11,000 cost of the panels has been funded through the savings the council has already made thanks to existing measures, which include intelligent lighting in both Lucy Tower Street and Broadgate car parks.

These LED lights are activated by sensors in the stairwells and turn off automatically when there is enough sunlight.

Rod Williamson, City Services Team Leader at the city council, said: “Using solar energy is the latest in a range of energy-saving measures we’ve been implementing in our car parks as we look to reduce our carbon footprint.

“These panels should generate enough energy to power all the lighting in the car park. We are also continuing to look at other ways we can save both energy and money through more efficient and environmentally-friendly methods.”