Future is bright as Hull named one of best places to invest in solar
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Apr 2019
Hull has been named as one of the best places in the country to have solar panels fitted.
A new study has compared how much power is generated from an average panel, the annual saving from east panel, and how long it takes the owner to pay off the installation cost.
Hull has fared well in the list, and has ranked ninth overall, putting it ahead of cities including London, Liverpool and Birmingham.
The use of solar as a form of electricity generation has hit the headlines on several occasions across the region in recent months.
A major new solar farm on the edge of Hull would once completed generate enough clean electricity to save millions of pounds in energy bills.
The project, being led by renewables firm Gridserve in Bilton, is set to become the largest solar farm to be built in the country since 2016.
Solar power has also transformed a busy East Yorkshire port.
Toddington Harper, CEO at Gridserve (Calum Whiteley)
The Port of Goole can at peak times now run entirely off the power of more than 4,000 panels which have been fitted on the site.
ABP Humber director Simon Bird hailed the achievement as “a real green milestone,” and would help “pave the way for a greener future.”
The new solar study, conducted by vouchercloud, revealed the average solar panel in Hull will generate 1,070kWh every year.
Those who have panels fitted can expect to save around £180 per year for each panel, putting Hull above the likes of Liverpool (£176.82) and Birmingham (£171.77).
When solar power first emerged as a real option for clean energy, sceptics questioned how long it would take those who invest in panels to reap the rewards.
The Port of Goole is also now powered entirely from solar panels (ABP)
Now, that figure has been revealed.
In Hull, it will take the average investor eight years and eight months to pay off the cost of installation.
The figure puts it two months ahead of Liverpool (eight years and 10 months), and five months ahead of Birmingham (nine years and one month.”
Across the UK, Brighton topped the list for the best place to invest in solar.
In Hull, solar power could also be used to power a new electric car forecourt.
Gridserve has chosen the city to be one of the first in the country to get one of the new developments, which will be able to charge electric vehicles in just half an hour.