Solar power to help slash bills

Planning permission has been agreed for solar panels on a Blackpool factory
Planning permission has been agreed for solar panels on a Blackpool factory
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A Blackpool company is set to install 1,000 solar panels at its factory in a move which will slash its energy consumption in half.

Gledhills has been granted planning permission by Blackpool Council for the scheme.

It proposes to install the panels on its premises on the Sycamore Trading Estate, off Squires Gate Lane in South Shore.

A letter accompanying the planning application says: “Environmental credentials are at the heart of our board’s agenda and we are committed to continuing our energy/carbon reduction targets.

“This is a significant investment for us, but we project that this will reduce our factory energy consumption by over 50 per cent and realise a carbon saving of 84 tonnes per year.”

It also says it will ”contribute towards the further stability of the company.”

The proposals were approved by council planners using their delegated powers.

The panels will be placed on the north west facing side of the factory roof.

Gledhills is a family owned manufacturer of hot water cylinders.

It has been based in the town since the 1920s and currently employs more than 100 people.