Monday, November 19, 2007

British Artists Buys Solar Panels with Capacity of Generating 2% of Britain's Total

England (TGW) – Damien Hirst, the British artist, is spending $3 million on a 310kw solar power system for his home in Gloucestershire.

The panels will generate enough electricity to power 150 homes, and will cover 1800 square kilometers. The power generated by his home will account for approximately 2% of all solar energy generated in the U.K.

Only the Cooperative Insurance Society Tower has a larger solar power system.

Dave Timms, economics campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: "This is great news. Good on Damien Hirst. He'll probably do more to boost confidence in the UK solar industry than the government has over the past few years.

"However, we can't rely on the environmentally aware wealthy to nurture the low carbon industries. We need a feed-in tariff scheme which would reward all businesses and individuals who invest in small-scale renewable technologies with a guaranteed premium price for the clean electricity they generate."

Germany already uses the specified type of system.

Via :: The Guardian