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Last week, new Conservative leader David Cameron pledged to take the "tough decisions" needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050. In the same week Battersea Dogs & Cats Home became the first animal shelter to take their first steps in ‘going green’ by revealing their new initiative – photovoltaic cells installed on the roof of their rehoming building.

Photovoltaic cells directly convert sunlight and turn it into electricity. 12sqm of panels were erected at Battersea, which will produce 1200kw hrs of electricity per annum and save 516kg of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

This power will be used to heat at least 100 dog beds within the rehoming building. A digital display has been placed in the reception area to indicate how much energy has been produced via the photovoltaic cells. Powergen’s GreenPlan Fund and the DTI’s Energy Saving Trust made this new initiative possible by providing the Home with funds and expertise. Creative Environmental Networks (CEN) also helped Battersea organise the installation.

David Newall, Director of Administration at the Home says, "It is important that we consider ways to use renewable energy and this is certainly our first step. We embrace new ideas and will be working to incorporate other environmentally friendly systems throughout the site in the near future."