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Solar panels turn sunshine into gold at Lewisham, Deptford, Bromley and Gravesend police stations
SOLAR panels have helped turn sunshine into gold at Lewisham, Bromley and Gravesend police stations.
The Met police gained £22,000 from an energy-saving scheme after seven London stations including Lewisham, Deptford, Bromley, and Gravesend, were fitted with the panels last year.
The cash comes from after the force signed up to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Feed in Tariff scheme which rewards businesses investing in low carbon electricity.
The electricity supplier then pays businesses for each unit of electricity generated by the solar panels - with the latest figures spanning savings made from December 2011 to September last year.
Head of carbon management for the Met Neil Grange said: "We are always looking at ways to become more sustainable and this scheme has the added bonus that we are able to use our roof space and generate an income from solar energy.
"The Met is a huge organisation and has a duty to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible. We are working on a range of projects to that end."
Last year the Met completed 35 energy efficiency projects that police forecast will save £380,000 and reduce carbon emissions by around 1,500 tonnes per year. Financial savings from these projects are then recycled back into funding future schemes.