British naval base goes solar-powered

The British navy’s base at Portsmouth, England is to benefit from on-site solar energy.
Portsmouth UK Naval Base
The base has had 2000 solar pv panels fitted and it is estimated the facility will save £1m over the next 20 years as a result of the installation.

Ken Hobbs, head of energy solutions and services at BAE Systems Maritime Services, said: ‘‘Solar panels will generate power, transforming these buildings into clean energy producing facilities, improving efficiency and ultimately reducing costs for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’

The naval base’s head of infrastructure, Captain Iain Greenlees, said: “This is an important step on the path to modernising the base to support the Royal Navy on global operations.”

The MoD is expecting to save more than £500,000 this financial year thanks to the panels, combined with other energy-saving initiatives at the base, which have been project-managed by BAE Systems.

Other measures have included the installation of LED lighting in offices, LED street lighting, air-source heat pumps and intelligent control systems.

The 500kW panels are part of a contract called the Maritime Support Delivery Framework.

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