Village hub celebrates cost-cutting solar panel installation

The 246 solar panels are now in place at Acle Recreation Centre

The 246 solar panels are now in place at Acle Recreation Centre - Credit: Green Home Energy Solutions

More than 240 solar panels have been installed at a Broadland village's community hub.

The 246 energy-producing panels have been put in place on the roof of Acle Recreation Centre in a bid to slash its bills.

They were installed by Norwich-based Green Home Energy Solutions and are predicted to slash £7,000 from the centre's power bills.

Simon Darter, a centre trustee leading the project, said: "Acle Recreation Centre is so excited to go green. 

Simon Darter is leading the solar panel project

Simon Darter is leading the solar panel project - Credit: Simon Darter

"This will help tremendously in reducing energy bills and release funds for other projects at the centre."

The centre’s energy costs £20,000 a year, about 10pc of the site’s annual running costs.

The panels cost £78,000 and were installed in the same week as the government announced a massive hike in fuel tariffs.

Funding comes from an European CO2 reduction grant of £23,000, an Acle Parish Council grant of £20,000 and a parish council interest free £10,000 loan over ten years, with the rest of the funds provided by the centre.

Acle Recreation Centre is to have 246 solar panels installed

Acle Recreation Centre had 246 solar panels installed - Credit: Simon Darter