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British Army embraces solar energy

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Centrica Business Solutions has completed the construction of what is described as the British Army’s first solar PV farm, as part of a wider £200 million investment into Defence’s estate.

Based at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield and having the size of eight football pitches, the solar farm, which is made up of around 4,000 solar panels, is forecast to bring efficiency savings of £152 million over ten years.

Today marks an important milestone in sustainability across Defence. I was delighted to open the British Army’s first solar farm which will play a vital role in reducing emissions.

Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin

The majority of the energy generated will be used onsite at DST to provide support to personnel based there. This may include powering accommodation, offices, hangars, classrooms and the gymnasium, whilst any surplus will be exported to the grid.

Outlined in the recent Defence Command Paper, innovation and green initiatives will be at the forefront of a future Army, of which Project Prometheus forms a part. This is further supported by the £24 billion increase in spending over four years, as announced by the Prime Minister last November.

Construction for the three additional pilot sites is already under way with the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in Gloucestershire, Rock Barracks in Suffolk and Baker Barracks on Thorney Island, Sussex, due to open next year. 3Ti have been awarded the contract to deliver the construction of these sites.

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