New Cleveland Police solar panels deliver savings and support the move to a more sustainable business model

  London, 9 October 2017: As Estates Manager at Sopra Steria for Cleveland Police, Marty Clennett is always looking at improving the conditions and environments for the Police staff that work tirelessly in the Cleveland area, as well as making the buildings more efficient. His role covers the management of 23 police stations and buildings across the force area and responsibility for the furniture in 4 PFI sites, he’s also responsible for the legislative compliance of the sites, with his team managing all the repairs and maintenance works around the estate.

In 2017 he has seen his vision for more sustainable energy use start to become a reality, with 50 solar panels fitted in a pilot project at two local neighbourhood police stations in Guisborough (above, right) and Coulby Newham.

The results after the first quarter of operation are encouraging. Compared with the similar period in 2016, daytime energy use at both sites has seen a fall; 32.6% for Guisborough and 14.3% for Coulby Newham. In addition to this the Force will receive a payment of up to an estimated £800.00 per annum from the feed-in tariff, as surplus energy is returned back to the ‘Grid’. For Marty this is an excellent result, confirming the projected business plan savings from the installation. What is even more positive, is that at Coulby Newham there has been a significant increase in officers working from the station, so to also see a fall in daytime energy consumption, shows the beneficial impact the panels are making.

Marty commented, “I know from experience that solar panels can deliver an effective payback and now we have the first indication of the contribution solar technology is able to make in reducing the Force’s energy bills. We’ll continue to monitor the savings and this will give us the evidence to identify other sites for future solar development.”

Brian Thomas, Assistant Chief Officer, Cleveland Police said, “Through its Energy Strategy Cleveland Police is committed to responsible carbon, energy and water management, whilst maintaining operational goals and providing an acceptable working/living environment for Police Officers, staff and visitors.

The success of this project demonstrates that effective partnership working has the potential to produce results as we strive towards a more sustainable business model.

We have seen encouraging first quarter energy reductions and look forward to seeing the positive payback from the capital investment not only in monetary terms but also within the annual national Police energy management benchmarking exercise and enhanced reputation for both organisations as a responsible Estates owner.”