Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Sun shines on solar

Very positive story about one example of solar power generation in Bristol in todays Post (details below). Wouldn't it be great to see hundreds or thousands of  other developments like this across the city, generating low carbon power from free sunlight. Scaling up in this way would begin to eat away at our unsustainable city emissions significantly.

One year after the largest solar panel [ie photovoltaic panel] system in Bristol was installed on the roof of the At-Bristol attraction, staff have revealed that the panels are proving more efficient than they had imagined.

A total of 208 individual panels were fitted on the Harbourside science centre’s roof measuring an area approximately the size of two tennis courts. It was estimated that the panels would create the equivalent power to supplying a dozen homes a year – but in fact the amount has been beaten by two households, equating to 14 in reality.

As a result, it has reduced the centre’s carbon footprint even further than initially planned. The 50 kilowatt peak (kWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) system provides a renewable source of energy for the building and its planned prevention of more than 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from entering the atmosphere has also been beaten by nearly 3,000kg of CO2... (full story here). More on renewable energy here.

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