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M-Sport opened its doors to showcase its new solar energy plant to representatives from Allerdale Borough Council.
The company, based at Dovenby Hall close to Cockermouth, installed Cumbria’s biggest solar energy plant on the roof of its state-of-the-art workshop over the summer.
The project has been up-and-running for six weeks and has helped safeguard M-Sport’s future energy needs whilst also contributing to the Government target of achieving 15 per cent of total energy in UK being derived from renewable resources by 2020.
As a council that embraces clean and efficient energy, members of Allerdale Borough Council’s Development Panel were invited to visit Dovenby Hall for a full tour of M-Sport’s cutting edge renewable energy plant.
The visit helped the council understand how such a project is implemented from start to finish. The council was also shown some of the long-term benefits of the scheme, which includes reducing the company’s energy bills by10 per cent.
Malcolm Wilson OBE, pictured M-Sport Managing Director, said: “The new energy plant at Dovenby Hall has reduced our carbon footprint by saving 80,000 kg of CO2 emissions per annum. It also reduces M-Sport’s reliance upon fossil fuels and generates clean ‘green’ electricity. Allerdale Borough
Council are fully aware of the importance of the scheme to our business, and as an innovative authority that supported our drive for clean power we thought it would be fitting to show them the project first hand. We hope it was of value to them and the council is able to use the information to help support similar projects in our region.”
Councillor Peter Bales, Chair of Allerdale Borough Council’s Development Panel, said: “Sustainable development is an important consideration for the Development Panel when it considers planning
applications. Visits, like this one to Dovenby Hall, provide us with insight into the practicalities and benefits of renewable energy installations in appropriate developments.”