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Great Yorkshire Show Installs Solar Panels

Staff who will be at the Great Yorkshire Show are hoping for better weather in the coming weeks following the completion of the vast photovoltaic panel installation on the roof of their Harrogate headquarters. With the next Great Yorkshire Show scheduled to take place from the 10 to 12 July 2012 let’s hope that sun is forecast which the visitors will no doubt appreciate as well.

Duncan Renewables who are based in Yorkshire took under four weeks to finish the 245kW project. In excess of 1,600m2 of roof space covered by 980 Suntech panels have been installed at the showground that is on the outskirts of Harrogate.

These solar panels are capable of generating in excess of 200,000 kWh of electricity each year that is actually enough electricity to power 50 houses in a year. It is estimated that, as well as having the excellent benefit of free electricity, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society will also save around £15,000 each year.

In addition they will be making a huge reduction in CO2 emissions with savings forecast to be in the region of 175,000 kg each year which is a great achievement.

Nigel Pulling who is the Chief Executive Officer of The Yorkshire Agricultural Society commented: “Operating in a sustainable way is very important to us. Being a year round exhibition centre we have a significant electricity requirement and installing solar panels was an obvious step we could take to reduce both our costs and our carbon footprint.

“Due to the number of events we hold here, there was a narrow window within which to complete the project but the team from Duncan Renewables worked efficiently to ensure that the system is up and running in time for The Great Yorkshire Show.  We are delighted with the end result and look forward to enjoying the benefits over the next 25 years”.

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