Tate Modern chooses solar

The world famous Tate Modern gallery in London is installing rooftop solar panels in a bid to save energy and curb climate impact.

A different kind of installation from the usual exhibits is involved as the museum opted for solar PV panels fitted to the rooftop of the former power station on London's South Bank.
Tate Modern
The 82KWp solar system, donated by Solarcentury, will provide a proportion of the electricity required to power Tate Modern's numerous galleries. It is being installed over the next few weeks and is expected to start generating energy at the end of this month.

Judith Nesbitt, the museum's director of national and international programmes, said the solar installation was a small but important step towards making the gallery as sustainable and efficient as possible.

"Together with our plans for heat recovery and natural ventilation in the new building, we are exploring a whole range of approaches to reduce energy use," she said in a statement.

Solarcentury has installed around 80 solar systems across London, including Blackfriars Bridge, which now generates about half its energy needs from solar.

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