Sunshine brings cost benefit to Harborough Market

Sunshine brings cost benefit to Harborough Market

More great news for the environment as markets lead the charge on sustainability has just come through with the installation of environmentally-friendly solar panels on the roof of Harborough Market, completed last week.

Harborough Market operators Market Place, welcomed the works with Market Manager, Sairah Butt saying, “This is a great example of one of the many ways that the council is working to reduce both running costs and carbon emissions. It’s a win, win situation – great for the environment and good news for the long term financial sustainability of the market.”

The installation has been put in by Harborough District Council, with assistance from Leicestershire County Council at a cost of £58,000.  A seven-year payback  will reduce energy costs furthermore having the potential to generate revenue via the ‘feed in tariff’ scheme, as well as reduce the building’s carbon emissions.

Cllr Phil King, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for finance and commercialisation, said, “This scheme will help reduce the energy costs of Harborough Market, and will contribute to its future success.”

solar panels on market roof - aerial photograph

Harborough Market traders welcomed the installation. “I think it’s great,” said John Cleaver of Selvey & Co Jewellers. “There aren’t many markets in the country with solar panels on the roof! It’s very forward thinking and fantastic that the council is investing in the market with any eye to its future.”

Harborough Market is open 8am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9am to 3pm for the popular antiques market on Sunday.