South Cliff Holiday park powers forward thanks to new solar farm
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the installation of a solar farm at South Cliff Holiday Park in Bridlington.
Solar panels will also be fitted on the roofs of 22 council buildings, including leisure centres and libraries.
At the holiday park, the 370kW solar farm will generate zero carbon electricity that will be supplied directly to the site, significantly reducing carbon emissions, and providing 45% of the site’s annual electricity usage.
Along with the installation of solar panels will be the provision of electric vehicle charging points at each of the council buildings and the solar farm. This will allow any visitors who have access to an electric vehicle to top up their vehicles during their stay ‘free of charge’.
The solar farm has just been completed, making South Cliff Holiday Park ‘one of the greenest holiday parks within the United Kingdom’.
The estimated total value of the investment in the solar farm is £1,895,341. The council has contributed £1,047,365 towards the scheme.
Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “I am delighted by this investment by the council and ERDF in this solar farm and in the solar panels at many of our buildings.
“It shows we as a council are serious about reducing our energy consumption, and making it more environmentally friendly as well, and is a good start on our journey to making the council and its facilities more eco-friendly.”