Town market sees cost saving lights introduced

Published Monday 23 November 2015

Energy saving lights are being installed at Harborough Market which will lead to cost savings of over £11,000 a year.

Harborough District Council is introducing the environmentally-friendly LED lights at its market building in Northampton Road, Market Harborough.

The project, which will cost approximately £40,000, has been made possible thanks to the Department of Energy and Climate Change funded organisation Salix which provides local authorities with interest-free loans to improve energy efficiency.

In August, Harborough Market saw the introduction of solar panels on its roof to reduce energy costs. This latest installation will save the council more than £11,000 a year, resulting in a loan pay-back period of just four years.

Cllr Phil King, portfolio holder for strategic asset management, said: “It is fantastic that we’ve been able to install these energy saving lights at no cost to the council. This, on top of the installation of the solar panels on the market roof earlier this year, means not only is this building now more environmentally-friendly by reducing its carbon emissions, it is also saving the taxpayer money and will ultimately generate income for the council via the ‘feed in tariff’ scheme where electricity can be sold back to energy suppliers.”

The lights installation will not affect market days and will be completed by the end of November 2015.