SCOTLAND'S biggest solar panel system has been completed, promising to slash hundreds of thousand of pounds from the cost of running Europe's busiest court.
The roof of Glasgow Sheriff Court has been transformed by the installation of hundreds of 3ft by 2ft solar panels, which will provide up to a fifth of the massive building's energy demands.
At a cost of £500,000, the electricity-generating system will save about £20,000, at current prices, from the court's annual fuel bill.
With an estimated lifespan of 40 years, the solar panels will save the taxpayer an estimated £300,000. But with fuel prices likely to rise in future, the savings may be much bigger.
Capital and interest repayment at 6% interest - £33 230.76 pa according to BBC - Homes - Property - Mortgage calculator, all to save £20k a year using their best case scenario.
Kenny MacAskill, the SNP justice secretary, claimed...
"This project is a good example of the kind of low carbon technology that will make a significant contribution to Scotland's future prosperity and help build increased, sustainable economic growth."
Well good luck to you building prosperity on such "investments".