MORE solar panels will be fitted to public buildings with the help of a Government grant to Dorset Council.

The latest proposals include the council’s Crookhill depots at Chickerell Road, Weymouth and Charminster; the Cherries Children’s home at Mount Pleasant Avenue, Weymouth; Woodroffe School at Lyme Regis; The Compass Learning Centre at Chickerell Road, Weymouth; Gillingham School, Holy Trinity Primary at Cross Road, Weymouth and the Wyke Regis Infant School and Nursery at Shrubbery Lane.

Typical of the applications are those for the Cherries which is for roof panels capable of producing 95KW of power, saving 22,600kg in CO2 emissions each year; at Woodroffe the slightly larger scheme will generate 107kW and save 25,500kg of CO2 while at Wyke Regis the school roof panels will create 151kW and save almost 36,000kg of CO2.

Most of the applications, currently in the planning system, are not expected to require full planning consent and are expected to be approved.