22 Oct 2019

Solar Panels installed at Worthy Down

The DCLPA at Worthy Down has made the switch to solar panels to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Defence College of Logistics, Policing, and Administration (DCLPA) at Worthy Down has installed solar panels through a partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) working with Skanska and Aecom. The panels will save nearly £58,000 a year in running costs and produce 413,30kWh/year.

The 1,625 photovoltaic panels have been installed on four new buildings at the base. The new buildings will allow Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy personnel to train at the site, saving resources and creating a collaborative environment.

Project Director for Skanska Paul Weale said: “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 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.

Previously, Worthy Down had no on-site generator to provide power and was reliant on external power grids. DIO has praised the move for reducing the environmental impact of Worthy Down and the installation supports the MOD’s rationalisation of its estate, which includes the Mindenhurst construction.

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