Guernsey Electricity has completed another community-scale solar energy project at Guernsey Waste’s facilities at Longue Hougue.
It is the latest photovoltaic (PV) project to have been fitted by the company, and the first since the island came out of lockdown.
The new solar panel arrays have been installed on the roof of Guernsey Waste’s facilities building and the reuse store at the Household Waste & Recycle Centre. Together, they contribute 31kW of electricity to the network.
This is in addition to the 312kW already being produced by the existing arrays at Guernsey Post’s headquarters and Electricity House, two of the largest community-scale solar facilities in the Channel Islands.
Pictured: Rob Roussel (Guernsey Waste), Stuart Tucker (GEL), Danny Atkinson (GEL) and Vince Smith (GEL).
"Our existing community systems have exceeded original expectations," said Vince Smith, Head of Energy Solutions at Guernsey Electricity.
"It demonstrates that investing in solar technology on a community scale is not just the right thing to do for the environment and customers, but it also offers value for money.”
Earlier this year, Guernsey Electricity published its climate change statement and five year Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which included a target of installing up to 20MW of community solar PV by 2050.
Mr Smith said that larger scale installations such as the one at Guernsey Waste add to the important of renewable energy produced locally.
“We believe that everyone should benefit from sustainable electricity, regardless of their individual circumstances," he said.
Pictured: 312kW is already being produced by the existing solar panel arrays at Guernsey Post’s headquarters and Electricity House, shown above.
"For customers that are unable to invest in their own solar panels for financial reasons or who live in a property without their own roof space, these larger scale installations offer a route to locally produced renewable energy in a way that is fair and beneficial for all.”
Guernsey Waste Senior Technical Advisor Rob Roussel said the project complemented the island’s waste strategy which sees all food waste and general refuse exported to the UK and Europe to recover energy that is then fed into the national grid as electricity.
“It is good news that we are managing to extract the maximum benefit from the waste the island is producing. These new solar installations now provide an additional, beneficial source of renewable energy that can be used locally.”
Pictured top: To date, the solar system at Longue Hougue achieved its best performance in July when 240kWh was generated - enough electricity to power 19 homes for a day.
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