A new solar farm near Preston has been leading to lower energy consumption at one of the area’s biggest employers.Advertisement
BAE Systems says it has saved £300,000 in the last year due to the solar panels.
Part of a disused runway at Samlesbury was converted into the solar farm in April last year, with 9,000 panels put up.
Shaun Costain, electrical authority and sustainability team leader, said: “Firstly the solar farm has generated £117,000 from a feed-in tariff which the Government pays us for the power we are not taking from the grid.
“We also benefited by reducing the amount of electricity we used from the grid. This generated an additional £184,000 saving for the same period.
“Overall this delivered a cost saving to the business of more than £300,000 which we can invest into making our products and services more affordable for our customers. Above all though there are the obvious environmental benefits with this scheme, which we are proud to deliver.”
Another solar farm is being built near Grimsargh with 2,500 homes due to be powered by the panels on the 23.5 hectare site.