in Security

HMP Wayland installs hundreds of solar panels

Posted 21 January 2022 · Add Comment

Hundreds of solar panels at HMP Wayland, Norfolk, are leading the way in slashing carbon emissions and electricity costs across the prison estate, in a move that will eventually save prisons up to £800,000 a year and generate 20% of each prison’s electricity.

Image courtesy Ministry of Justice / Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service

The jail in Norfolk - a Category C prison for males with over 900 places - is the first in England and Wales to be fitted with ground mounted panels as part of the government’s ambitious drive to make prisons greener.

HMP Wayland is projected to save the equivalent annual CO2 emissions of 16 average UK homes while reducing its energy costs by £52,000 per year.

Installing solar panels and maintaining the site, also teaches prisoners key new skills - vital in boosting offenders’ prospects and helping them find jobs on release.

Prisons Minister, Victoria Atkins, said: "I am delighted to see HMP Wayland become the first prison to reap the benefits of solar panels as part of our ambition to make significant savings for both the environment and the public purse.

"The initiative is part of the wider government action to build back greener, with more than £4 billion to construct sustainable prisons, and help achieve our commitment to reach net zero by 2050."

Today’s news is part of an unprecedented rollout of green technology across the estate. In August, the government announced plans to install 16,000 solar panels at 19 prisons across England this year – cutting more than 1,300 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and providing 20 per cent of each prison’s electricity.

The rollout of the solar panels scheme reinforces the department’s commitment to make prisoners greener. The four new prisons this government is building, will also operate as zero-carbon in the future, with an all-electric design, solar panels, heat pumps and more efficient lighting systems to reduce energy demand significantly.
    
The 18 prisons earmarked for panels are HMPs Bullingdon, Erlestoke, Eastwood Park, Ford, Guys Marsh, Haverigg, Hollesley Bay, Leyhill, Littlehey, New Hall, Onley, Parkhurst, Stocken, Werrington, Whatton, Whitemoor, Bure, and Full Sutton.
 

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Kromek receives D3S-ID order from US federal entity

Developer of radiation and bio-detection technology solutions for the advanced imaging and CBRN detection segments, Kromek Group, has received an order from a US federal entity for the Group’s D3S-ID wearable nuclear

Defence Academy opens online research repository for UK defence and allies

An innovative digital project launching at the Defence Academy is poised to make decades of defence research available to UK defence personnel and allies.

Royal Navy sailors get new uniform

Royal Navy sailors are receiving a new uniform at the start of a £78 million revamp of their clothing.

Farnborough Airport welcomes Flexjet team

Farnborough Airport’s mission to become a global showcase for airport sustainability and driver of regional economic growth continues to gather pace as it welcomes premium fleet operator Flexjet in setting up its European

Thompson launches next gen VantageXL

County Armagh based Thompson Aero Seating today launched a new and enhanced 2022 design VantageXL.

Rolls-Royce powers directed energy field tests in US

Rolls-Royce has successfully demonstrated ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed energy applications, powering multiple, extended laser field tests in collaboration with Lockheed Martin as part of the US

ODU SK0105310522
See us at
Future Arm Vehicles Active Protection Systems BTFuture Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems BTFuture Arm Vehicles Power Systems BTDVD BT2704220922Advanced Engin BT2504031122