A NEW renewable power installation at the Chilworth site has been praised by an MP.

Caroline Nokes, Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North, visited Southampton Science Park on Friday, July 1 to see its new solar panels.

They have been fitted to the roof of Kenneth Dibben House in a move that will generate 207MWh of electricity and save 50 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

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Since connection to the National Grid in late April, the system has already helped eliminate over 10 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the effect of planting 63 trees. The majority of the energy produced will be consumed by resident companies, with any surplus being sold back to the Grid.

Ms Nokes said: “It is good to be back at Southampton Science Park – I always find a visit here fascinating and inspiring and today is no exception.

“I’m also really pleased to see the park leading on sustainable development in our region through initiatives such as renewable energy and alternative transport provision.

“This solar installation is certainly impressive, and I understand that it will make a big difference in reducing emissions over the next 25 years.”

Southampton Science Park is the south of England’s innovation hub and is set across 72 acres.

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Stuart Perry, operations manager, oversaw the works.

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He said: “We anticipate extending solar power to other suitable premises, while companies across the park are also expressing interest in their own installations.

“I’m excited to see where this momentum leads.”

The science park offers a wide range of commercial offices, laboratories, meeting and conferencing facilities for new start-ups and leading technology businesses.

The company’s founder, Dr Phil Wu, explained: “Our remote survey technology demonstrated that this particular building had the greatest potential for solar generation as well as the shortest payback period.

“We are now developing a smart monitoring unit which will precisely report on the proportion of renewable energy that has been used by resident companies and how much has been contributed to the National Grid.”

Hosting the event, Science Park CEO, Dr Robin Chave, said: “We are grateful for Caroline’s long-term support for the evolution of our facilities here, especially as we work to quicken the pace of our efforts to minimise our environmental impacts – a topic that I know she cares deeply about.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Southampton Science Park investing in renewable energy.


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