Solar boost for London Fields Lido
New solar panels at London Fields Lido will help the facility to reduce its carbon emissions after Hackney Light and Power - the Council-owned renewable energy services company - completed their installation this week in partnership with Spirit Energy.
The panels form part of the Council's commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all its functions by 2040, and a 45% reduction on 2010 levels by 2030.
The panels on site are rated at 33.3kWp, with all energy generated used on-site. This follows the introduction of solar panels at West Reservoir Centre last year where 93.5kWp of solar panels were installed.
Hackney Light and Power’s solar scheme is now being rolled out to a further nine Council-owned buildings to generate up to 1MW of clean energy. The Council is also exploring the potential to install solar panels on Council homes and estates to generate clean energy.
As part of plans to turn Hackney into a leader in clean energy generation, Hackney Light and Power is also: offering free thermal insulation measures and trialling low carbon heat technologies such as heat pumps and hydrogen boilers in thousands of homes across the borough through its Hackney Green Homes programme; carrying out feasibility studies into new district heating schemes; and conducting a study into how it can roll out London’s largest electric vehicles charging points network.
London Fields Lido is a much-loved local facility that will now be powered in part by its own renewable electricity, as part of our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and tackling the climate emergency.
I was delighted to join ward councillors to launch the new panels, and look forward to opening more of Hackney Light and Power’s groundbreaking new solar schemes in the coming months.
While residents haven’t been able to enjoy the Lido for a number of months, we’ve used the closure period to install the new panels and deliver a more sustainable facility.
Over the coming months we will also be working to install a water source heat pump at West Reservoir to provide heat to the building, to supplement the power supplied to the building by the solar panels that were installed last year.