Tank Museum Goes Green

tank museum goes greenThe Tank Museum has plenty of green items in its world famous collection, but a new addition is set to provide a major boost to its environmental credentials.That’s because renewable electricity generator, Farm Power, has installed over 200 solar photovoltaic panels on a section of the Dorset attraction’s roof.

The panels will generate around 20 times the combined electricity consumption of the average UK household, generating 47,000 kilowatt hours and reducing the Museum’s carbon footprint by 20 tonnes per year.

The project has been developed for Farm Power Ltd, the independent renewable electricity generator, who has partnered with the Tank Museum. It has been designed and managed by energy efficiency solutions company, Anesco, using its locally based teams.

Tank Museum facilities manager Roy Hicks said; “The panels cover 90% of the roof space above one of our exhibition halls. It is modest enough in character not to be unsightly, whilst ensuring that the Museum is now generating 10% of its electricity needs from a renewable source that is sunlight. And South Dorset has lots of sunlight!

“This is a significant part of our new environmental policy, which also includes power saving and widespread recycling of waste materials.”

The project was initiated in line with the Governments desire to achieve 20% of its power needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Mark Simon of Farm Power said; “The government is encouraging both domestic and commercial organisations towards developing renewable generation where the technology is both viable and economic – we must do this at the same time as minimising the social and environmental impacts.

“Farm Power is an independent power producer which specialises in developing solar resources on small brownfield sites such as barn roofs; these have close to zero impact in terms of noise, pollution, waste and access.”

“This project represents a milestone in that it is the first independently financed renewable energy project on Ministry of Defence buildings. The MOD has been hugely supportive of this initiative and we hope it will lead to many more schemes to assist government organisations meet their carbon reduction commitments”, Mark added.

The project was swiftly brought forward when the Government announced that the incentive for installing solar panels would be halved from the 12th December 2011 and the leading UK energy efficiency solutions provider, Anesco Ltd, designed, procured and installed the complex project within five weeks of appointment.

“This project was a fine example of multi-agency co-operation to ensure the installation was complete before the deadline,” said Roy. “Goadsby swiftly delivered a valuation report, whilst David Gray of the Ministry of Defence was enormously supportive. From the commander of RAC Bovington to Defence Estates Infrastructure Organisation and Debut (the MOD’s maintenance contractor), all played a huge part in making this ground breaking initiative happen.”

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