Guernsey’s largest solar energy scheme – Guernsey Electricity
Guernsey Electricity has installed hundreds of roof mounted solar panels at the power station on Northside, Vale, creating the largest solar array in the Channel Islands.
The panels, supplied by The Little Green Energy company have been generating renewable energy since installation and in the first 50 days generated enough energy to provide either seven average homes with heat, light and power for a whole year or drive for 100,000 miles in an electric vehicle.
The solar array contributes towards Guernsey Electricity’s commitment to the environment through low-carbon and sustainable energy. The array will help Guernsey’s energy security by diversifying the island’s energy mix in addition to the existing on-island generation capacity and importation of low-carbon electricity from France.
“As well as offering the opportunity to lower emissions, this renewable energy development will benefit all islanders because it feeds solar energy directly into Guernsey’s electricity network. Every customer can be proud to say that a small proportion of their energy consumption is locally and renewably sourced,” said Alan Bates, Guernsey Electricity’s chief executive.
“Guernsey Electricity continues to consider how advances in technology can benefit the island as a whole, and installing the solar array is an opportunity for us to see the impact first hand of renewable energy,” added Mr Bates.
Planning permission for the 100KW solar array was given in November 2017. The work to install the array commenced in February 2018 and completed in late March 2018.
Guernsey Electricity’s Head of Energy Solutions, Vince Smith, said: “Working with The Little Green Energy Company was a great success. Together, with Guernsey Electricity’s commercial installation team, we had the right people, with the right skills, to deliver the work to a tight deadline.”