The company submitted plans in September to add the solar array on the roof of one of its buildings at the power station on Northside, Vale, and will now look to install the panels in the New Year.

‘This scheme benefits customers by feeding solar energy into the electricity system, helping diversify our mix of energy sources and complementing low-carbon electricity importation from France,’ said Alan Bates, Guernsey Electricity’s chief executive officer.

To keep costs down, Guernsey Electricity drew up the proposals alongside maintenance work on the roof of its Stores buildings where the solar array will be installed. Work on replacing the roof is already underway.

‘I’d like to thank planners for approving the solar array and to my colleagues who developed the proposals. The solar panels offer the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and could produce the equivalent energy needed to run around 50 electric vehicles a year,’ added Mr Bates.

The go-ahead for the solar array scheme comes as Guernsey Electricity has also invested in two Peugeot iOn electric cars and two Peugeot Partner electric vans after successful trials of EV technology.