City hotel in bid to go green

Lancaster House Hotel
Lancaster House Hotel

A Lancaster hotel wants to install 340 solar panels on its roof in a bid to cut its carbon footprint.

Lancaster House Hotel, in Green Lane, has submitted a planning application to Lancaster City Council to install the photovoltaic panels across two roofs of its main buildings, providing a total of 85Kw of electricity.

The solar panels will be used to power lighting, leisure facilities, computers, toilet blocks, the hotel’s restaurant, other electrical services.

The hotel, which is run by Windermere based English Lakes Hotels, has appointed The Greener Group to design the proposed installation.

A statement which forms part of the application said: “Lancaster House Hotel as a business has become increasingly concerned about rising energy costs. The site has also expressed a desire to become ‘greener’ in its day to day operations.

“As the majority of the energy used on site is electricity, a means of reducing dependency on the national grid is considered a priority.

“The owners of Lancaster House Hotel have decided to invest in a Solar PV system to meet its stated objectives.”

The application states that the installation would have little visual impact on the surrounding area as the roofs are 6m high with a shallow 20 degree pitch meaning they will barely be visible from the ground.

The panels are dark blue and do not reflect light, and will cover 662 square metres using a total of 340 panels.