UK's first solar-powered business park beats CO2 savings forecast
The UK's first solar-powered business park has generated 730,000kWh in its first 12 months, preventing 400 tonnes of CO2 from being released in to the atmosphere.
Since the installation of 3,000 ground solar panels last year, Oxfordshire-based Howbery Business Park, which counts the Environment Agency among its tenants, powered 34% of its park with solar energy from April to September 2012, beating its initial forecast of 25%.
It has also fed more than 116,000 kWh to the National Grid to date.
Howbery Business Park chief executive, John Ormston, said: "Solar energy has proved to be a highly effective alternative energy source for our park".
"We're committed to building on the success achieved so far by introducing additional energy efficiency measures on site, including the decentralisation of our main steam boiler," he added.
Howden Business Park plan's to investigate further renewable energy options, including additional investment in solar energy generation.
"Howbery Park's commitment to solar energy is one of a number of sustainability initiatives to be outlined in its forthcoming 2013 sustainability strategy," it said.