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New-style solar panels give The Hawth cleaner energy

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More than 180 solar panels have been installed at The Hawth.

As part of the council’s ongoing programme of installations of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, the theatre and arts centre is now home to 182 panels.

The system provides 47 kilowatt peak (kWp). The installation is generating about 51,000 kWh of electricity at a saving to the council of £6,200 and more than 23,000kg of CO2 each year.

The cost to the council was £57,000, giving the system a payback period of around 9.2 years.

The roof at The Hawth meant it wasn’t possible to install the panels on the roof surface. Instead, an in-roof system where the roof tiles are replaced by the solar panels installed on a mounting plate has been used. This system is common across continental Europe but has only recently been introduced to the UK.

This is the tenth Crawley Borough Council building to benefit from solar panels after Metcalf Way Vehicle Depot, the Town Hall, K2 Crawley, Metcalf Way Depot, Bewbush Centre, Maidenbower Community Centre, Maidenbower Pavilion, Millpond Adventure Playground and Waterlea Adventure Playground. In total, the panels on these buildings are expected to reduce the council’s energy bills by around £96,000 each year and save 260,000kg of carbon.

K2 Crawley has 1,200 solar panels, the Town Hall has 194, the vehicle depot has 115, the depot has 270, Bewbush has 70, Maidenbower Community Centre has 200, Maidenbower Pavilion has eight, Millpond has 28 and Waterlea has 32 panels.

This initiative is part of the goal to be a zero carbon council and town by 2050 and the council is currently identifying additional opportunities for solar panel systems on its operational buildings.

The next council building to benefit from solar panels will be Ifield Drive Community Centre, where 40 panels will be installed.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “We now have almost 2,400 solar panels on our buildings. Every single one benefits both taxpayers and the environment thanks to the substantial financial and carbon savings they provide.

“We are also embracing relatively new technology to ensure that as many of our buildings as possible can benefit from cheaper, cleaner energy.”

For more information visit www.crawley.gov.uk/climatechange

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20 new jobs created as Argos to open new store inside Sainsbury’s West Green, Crawley

The store opens tomorrow (July 26th).

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The expansion of Argos stores within Sainbury’s continues with one now opening inside Crawley’s West Green store.

With huge pressure from online stores Argos has had to find a way to survive and its partnership with Sainsbury’s has seen the store evolve considerably.

Argos is now relying on what they call their ‘market-leading Fast Track Delivery and Click & Collect‘ and says that around 20,000 products can be ordered for same day collection in store and for home delivery in as little as four hours.

The new store will also have a Pay@Browse area with tablets that allow customers to make purchases for their products instead of the old catalogues and paper/pencil combination.

Martin Cawdry, Sainsbury’s West Green Store Manager said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Argos team and even more fantastic colleagues to our store in Crawley.

The opening is great news for our customers, who are always looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. We look forward to offering them an exciting range of products at fantastic value.”

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