Attercliffe Police Station roof is to be the next renewable energy location within South Yorkshire Police, in a bid to reduce the Force’s carbon emissions.

The decision signed off by Dr Alan Billing, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner will see solar technology installed as part of a community initiative, resulting in a cost saving for South Yorkshire Police and reduction to the carbon footprint.

The installation is part of a 20-year agreement with Sheffield Renewables and will be at no cost to South Yorkshire Police budgets. The initiative will generate a small annual saving of £681 per year but more importantly it will reduce carbon by 12 tonnes a year.

Dr Alan Billings said: “This is an excellent initiative and shows how we can support a sustainable local community project whilst also reducing our carbon footprint.

“Government grant for policing continues to reduce at a dramatic rate and although the cost saving to the Force is not big, the carbon reduction is significant. This is also worth doing because increases in electricity prices are set to continue.

“We are continually looking for initiatives which provide efficiency savings. This solar energy at Attercliffe Police Station is a perfect example of how the force is committed to utilising renewable energy technology.”

The project is due to commence in the summer and will contribute to South Yorkshire Police’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by the end of 2015.