Solar panels being installed at Cranfield University

They will produce one million kWh of electricity per year – enough to power 300 UK houses annually

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Cranfield University is installing a new field of solar panels as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

A total of 3,508 solar panels will be installed by RenEnergy, providing 5% of the annual electricity at the campus and powering a new renewable energy research facility.

They will produce one million kWh of power per year – equivalent to the energy consumed by 300 UK houses annually.

Gareth Ellis, Energy & Environment Manager at Cranfield University said: “This university is committed to renewable energy and the installation of the PV panels will improve our carbon footprint.

“Cranfield already has a CHP on site, producing 60% of its electricity. We have made significant reductions in carbon emissions in recent years and are well on our way to achieving our target of a 50% reduction by 2020 against our 2005 figures.”