Plans for 140 solar panels to be fitted to roof of Wigan's job centre

Solar panels could be installed on the roof of Wigan’s job centre.
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An application has been submitted to Wigan Council to find out whether prior approval is needed for a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system at Brocol House, in Wigan town centre.

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Chesterfield-based solar energy firm Custom Solar wants to put 140 panels on the roof of the Jobcentre Plus and Department for Work and Pensions building on King Street.

Brocol House, on King Street, WiganBrocol House, on King Street, Wigan
Brocol House, on King Street, Wigan
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They would each have a capacity of 500W, giving a total of 70kWp, according to the application.

The panels would be installed onto an A-frame mounting system and be dark blue or black in appearance, with none of them installed more than one metre higher than the roof level and one metre from the edge of the roof.

The application is now subject to a consultation period and the council’s planning department hopes to make a decision on the scheme by the end of May.