Lindisfarne Castle looks to solar energy to cut energy bills

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The National Trust has had 48 solar panels installed on the roof of the historic Lindisfarne Castle in an attempt to slash energy bills reports Solar Power Portal. The 12kW PV system was custom built for the 16th Century Northumberland castle, to avoid the roof becoming weight bearing.

It is hoped the installation, which cost £45,000, will produce around 10,000kWh of electricity each year and reduce the National Trust’s electricity bills by 10%. The installation, which is only visible from the air, will also save an estimated 5.2 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted. It is believed the project will payback by 2028.

Lindisfarne Castle property manager Simon Lee, said: “The National Trust is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and the installation of Lindisfarne Castle’s solar panels is a huge step in the right direction. The installation design has taken into account the aesthetics and historical importance of the building by ensuring that there will be no weight or direct contact of the panels or frame on the roof itself.”

Geoff Foxx of Enlightened Solar, the company responsible for designing and installing the PV system said, “This has been another interesting and challenging installation for our team. Using the design knowledge gained over 14 years, we were able to provide the National Trust with a bespoke solution for a unique building. Utilising the very latest technology, coupled with an innovative engineering solution, we have been able to help Lindisfarne Castle go green.”

The project has taken over two years to complete, from conception to installation and faced a unique set of challenges, created by the castle’s complex roof layout. To cope with these special requirements each panel is fitted with a monitoring device which switches a module off when it has become shaded.

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