A green market – the proof’s in the roof!

The solar panels on top of the Market Hall building in Northampton Road, Market Harborough.
The solar panels on top of the Market Hall building in Northampton Road, Market Harborough.

The installation of environmentally-friendly solar panels on the roof of Harborough’s indoor market in Northampton Road was completed last week.

Harborough District Council, which owns the Market Hall, has commissioned the photovoltaic panels with assistance from Leicestershire County Council, on the south-facing pitched roof at a cost of £58,000, with a seven-year payback.

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.”

Harborough Market operators, Market Place, welcomed the works. Market Place market manager Sairah Butt said: “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.”

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.