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Solar panels - 14.12.2007

A world record: 2000 m² of solar panels for Genk's city hall!
The municipality of Genk (Belgium) has installed 2000 m² of solar panels on the roof of its town hall, making it the biggest ever solar panels installation on a public building.
The municipality aims to set an example in terms.of energy efficiency. Many people walk or drive past the town hall every day; the sight of the solar panels will therefore raise the inhabitants' awareness of the issue of global warming. Furthermore, a notice board at the entrance of the building, informs visitors and staff of the amount of solar power generated by the panels.
There is also a clear financial incentive for the municipality: in the long term, Genk will save much energy. The solar panels should generate 200,000kWh per year; this amounts to an annual reduction of 60 tons of CO² which in turns is equivalent to saving 6 hectares of forest every year.
The solar panel project was completed in the framework of Dexia's action plan for sustainable development.
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