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Solar panels generate savings at Worthy Down

Posted 21 October 2019 · Add Comment

Solar panels helping the environment and saving money at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) at Worthy Down, have been installed as part of work being delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with Skanska and AECOM.

The solar panels installed on the roof of the new buildings.
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The 1,625 photovoltaic roof panels installed on four new buildings will produce 413,307kWh/year of electricity, saving the base almost £58,000 per year, equivalent to powering 133 domestic properties for a year.

The panels have been installed as part of work being delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with Skanska and AECOM.

A total of 1,625 photovoltaic roof panels have been erected on four new buildings on the site of the new £300-million tri-service facility.

Matthew Richardson, DIO’s Principal Project Manager, said: "Prior to the installation of the panels, the base did not have the capability for on-site electricity generation, so this is an exciting new addition.

"The photovoltaic panels will not only deliver considerable savings to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) but also help preserve the planet’s resources, so it’s a win-win situation."

Paul Weale, Project Director for Skanska, added: "Skanska recently announced its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions on its projects by 2045, including its supply chain. It’s a core part of our whole approach to construction.

"This initiative to install solar panels at Worthy Down, not only fulfils the DIO’s requirement, but also demonstrates how being environmentally conscious and cost conscious can be entirely aligned."

The completion of the new facilities will see personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force all training at the new £300-million tri-service site. Having all three services training at one site allows for the sharing of resources, technology and learning.

The work at Worthy Down is one part of a two-part scheme which forms Project Wellesley. The second part of the project is the development of a new community called Mindenhurst at the former Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut, Surrey. The project supports the MoD’s continuing rationalisation of its estate.


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