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Met Office HQ to be home to one of UK's largest solar PV systems

Work has started on installing one of the UK's largest solar PV systems on the roof of the Met Office head office in Exeter.

The huge 250 kW array will stretch across the roof of the Met Office’s 150 metre long Energy Centre and will include 1,000 solar PV panels, which will generate enough green electricity to meet the demand from one of the Met Office’s powerful new supercomputers.

Work on the installation is due to be completed next month and when finished the 250 kW array will generate 221,000 kW hours of electricity per year – enough to power the equivalent of 67 houses – and will save about 116 tonnes of C02 per year.

The system will be linked to the Met Office’s sophisticated Electricity Management System, enabling up-to-the-minute monitoring of the panels’ performance.

“The Met Office is a world leader in weather and climate services, so it’s great news we were chosen from the tender process to carry out this prestigious job,” said Gareth Walton, business development manager of Exeter-based SunGift, which won the competitive tender process to install the system.

“Our emphasis has always been on providing bespoke solutions that are at the cutting edge of technology, so we’re proud of the fact that our high level of technical knowledge and experience has been recognised.”

Peter Clayton-White, Building Services Engineer at the Met Office, said: “On a sunny day this array will generate enough energy to run one of our three supercomputers on sunshine, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of our energy supply.

“We hope to have a display in our reception so everyone can see how much energy the array is generating at any one time and how much is going to the supercomputer.”

Source: Click Green

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