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Holiday Park Tests Solar Panels

Haven, that is the largest holiday park owner in the United Kingdom, are trying out solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of one of their holiday homes at one of their sites. If the trial proves a success then the company will no doubt look to fit more of their holiday caravans with solar panels.

One of Haven’s holiday parks
(image credit: havenholidays)

This particular caravan is located at Haven’s Rockley Park Holiday Park in Poole in Dorset and has already been fitted with the solar panels.

In a triple partnership between Haven and Willerby that is a manufacturer of caravans and Environmental Energies who fit, amongst other environmental products, solar panels, a solar powered holiday caravan has been built. The performance of the caravan will be monitored over a period of time in order to establish its viability.

Daniel Coward, who is one of the sustainability team at Haven, pointed out that although the savings in electricity will not be great as a caravan only uses about £200 to £300 of electricity each year it may be sufficient to cover the usage of power of the caravan. The caravans that make up a holiday park account for about 40% of the whole park’s consumption of electricity so, over an extended period of time, a significant difference may be seen.

Holiday makers will not notice any difference as the electricity that is produced by the solar panels will go into the National Grid so people staying in the holiday accommodation will just use the electricity from the grid in the normal way. As for the look of the caravan – the solar panels have been fitted on the trial caravan on one roof so do not detract visually.

Haven appear to be keen advocates of environmentally free projects as they have also undertaken several other schemes including fitting tap aerators, the “Morco Touch” that provides a rapid boost of heat and very efficient shower heads.

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