Solar power first for Army’s Leconfield training base

Solar power first for Army’s Leconfield training base

The British Army is set to power one of its training bases with a solar farm for the first time.

In East Yorkshire, The Defence School of Transport (DST) is the first of four pilots using the photovoltaic facility.

Supplied by the farm is a third of DST’s electricity needs which is predicted to be supplied by the farm. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) hopes all four pilot schemes will make £1m in efficiency savings and decrease emissions by 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equally a year. The cost savings would be reinvested in Army infrastructure. 

“Construction of the farm started earlier this year on the site in Leconfield, near Beverley, and will span approximately four hectares when completed.” (MoD, 2021)

The other three pilot schemes:

  • Duke of Gloucester Barracks in South Cerney, Gloucestershire
  • Rock Barracks in Suffolk
  • Baker Barracks on Thorney Island in West Sussex 

They are organised for delivery by summer this year (MoD,2021)

The Army’s target is to aim a set up of 80 solar farms across its estate by the next 7 years.

“The Army remains wholly committed to playing its part in meeting the UK’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. To deliver this, we are working hard to reduce energy demand as well as increase ‘green’ supply across our estate.” (David Southall, 2021)

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