Guernsey Electricity has completed works to install a community-scale solar array on the roof of The Ladies’ College in Les Gravées.
The 292 photovoltaic panels, which began generating earlier this year, form the third largest installation on-Island and follow similar projects completed over the past three years at Guernsey Post, King George V Playing Fields, and the Waste Transfer Station at Longue Hougue.
The new array forms part of the company’s environmental sustainability programme and will generate an estimated 127,900 units, to be fed back into the local network, within the first year. This is enough electricity to power around 34 homes.
Jon Sexton, Head of Engineering & Design at Guernsey Electricity, said: “We are delighted to work with The Ladies’ College and in conjunction with the Little Green Energy Company, as part of the pipeline of projects designed to increase the amount of energy generated on-Island from renewable sources.
“We fully support renewable energy and will continue to invest in large community-scale solar arrays in order to benefit all customers. The electricity feeds directly into the Island’s network so that all Islanders can access locally generated, clean solar energy.”
Daniele Harford-Fox, Principal of The Ladies’ College, commented: “We’re grateful to Guernsey Electricity and the Little Green Energy Company for installing these solar panels on our grounds. As a school we are constantly looking at different ways to improve our environmental impact, whether that’s through waste reduction or this particular project.”
Mr Sexton added: “For customers unable to invest in their own solar panels for financial reasons, or for those who live in a property without their own roof space, these larger scale installations offer a route to accessing locally produced, renewable energy.”