WORK is about to start on installing 78 solar panels on the roof of St Margaret’s Hall in Bradford on Avon.

Town mayor, Cllr Alex Kay, who has championed the eco-green scheme, said: “It’s great to be able to use a source of renewable energy and to cut the amount of power we take from the National Grid.

“This will result in a lower electric bill so money can be spent on other projects around the town.”

Hall manager Tim Yeomans said: “The panels will arrive on Tuesday (15 January) and they hope to be finished by January 18, depending on the weather.”

The 78 panels will generate 25,000kwh of electricity a year to offset 10,555kg of CO2 per annum and the town council hopes to become carbon neutral by 2050.

“Between April and September, the system will produce a surplus of around 5,500kwh, so for half the year St Margaret’s Hall and the Town Council office won’t be wholly reliant on the National Grid.”