English castles used to need fortification to keep out enemies – but a Tudor castle in East Sussex has fortified itself with solar panels.
Herstmonceux Castle – complete with its own moat and drawbridge – is part of a new “Green Castle Initiative” run by Canadian researchers from the Bader International Study Centre. The castle has been owned by Queen’s University, Canada for 20 years.
As part of the project students from around the world can study sustainability, microgeneration, renewable energy and “responsible global stewardship”.
Set in Elizabethan grounds and 600 acres of land, the castle now has its own 50kilowatt solar array, installed by local company Ecosphere Renewables of East Hoathly.