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Published 04 September 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council is considering the use of solar panels in a bid to reduce its carbon emissions.

The panels would increase the Council’s self-sufficiency by generating some or all of the energy the new and existing buildings through the area use.

The move is being considered following a motion by Councillor Ian Dickson at last week’s Council Meeting.

Council officers will now investigate the possibility and create a report for elected members to consider ahead of the budget setting meeting in March next year.

Councillor Dickson, Convener for Corporate Services, said: “Given the current climate emergency, I think it is essential that we consider how we can be kinder to our environment and reduce our use of fossil fuel-derived energy.

“We have a large number of buildings and homes throughout the area and making use of solar panels to generate and provide energy to power those would make a significant impact.

“Alongside the environmental benefits of using Solar PV panels, there are also economic benefits for the Council and therefore our residents, so I am glad this is being seriously considered.”