Castle captures solar power

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AN iconic north Northumberland landmark is set to go green.

Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, which is looked after by the National Trust, has had 48 photovoltaic solar panels fitted on the roof in order to generate electricity, the Castle’s only source of power.

The panels, which are only visible to those with a bird’s-eye view of the castle, are hoped to generate just under 10,000 KWh of electricity each year.

This could reduce the charity’s electricity bills by approximately 10 per cent and saving 5.2 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of travelling almost 24,000 miles in an average car.

Simon Lee, property manager at Lindisfarne Castle, 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.

“As a charity with a vested interest in the environment and historic places, we’re always looking for ways to reduce our costs and our carbon footprint without impacting on the historic and aesthetic setting of the places in our care.

“The installation of solar photovoltaic panels at Lindisfarne Castle is a great example of the successful use of new and green technologies on a heritage site.”

The project to install the panels, which has taken two and a half years to come to fruition, costs a total of £45,000 and it is hoped that the project will pay back within 16 years.