Guernsey Electricity is preparing plans for a solar array to be installed on one of its main buildings at the power station site, consisting of up to 330 panels, saying the scheme will benefit all electricity consumers by harnessing solar energy that is fed into the island’s power system.
The solar array helps to diversify Guernsey’s energy sources and will complement the importation of low-carbon energy from Europe as part of the generation mix.
The company has plans to undertake significant maintenance work on the roof of its Stores building and feel it worthwhile to install solar panels at the same time, which will help to keep installation costs as low as possible. A planning application has been submitted for the installation of the solar array.
Guernsey Electricity head of asset Stuart Blondel said: ‘This is an exciting and positive project with many benefits for the island, if it’s approved. As a source of renewable energy, solar power offers the opportunity to lower overall emissions associated with the provision of electricity on the island whilst diversifying our energy sources.
‘Furthermore, with our gradual transition towards the use of electric vehicles within our company fleet, this solar array could produce the equivalent energy required to run approximately 50 cars and vans, further reducing the carbon intensity of our business operations.’
He added: ‘We also recognise that everyone should benefit from solar power, especially from large-scale projects. With Guernsey Electricity taking a positive lead on this work and the array generating directly into the island’s power system, this proposed solar project would mean the whole island benefits – not just an individual customer.’