Climate crisis: the army’s very first solar farm opened in a training barracks

The British military has opened its very first solar farm to power one of its main training bases, as the force prepares to become more climate-friendly.

Over 4,000 signs have been installed at the sprawling Defense School of Transport site in Leconfield, East Yorkshire.

Officials say it will cut carbon emissions by 700 tonnes each year, while cutting electricity bills by a third.

This is the first of four pilot projects which, if successful, will see 80 more such farms built in the military area over the next decade.

Accommodation, hangers, classrooms and gymnasiums will all be powered in summer time by the new farm in the hope that some of the electricity will be left to be fed back into the national grid.

Major General David Southall, Director of Bases and Infrastructure, said: “Our first operational solar farm at Leconfield marks a key milestone in the Army establishment program.

“It shows our firm commitment to fight against the effects of climate change, by harnessing renewable energies to power our field.

Referring to the construction plans for 80 of these farms, he added, “We continue to think big, start small, grow fast. “

Jeremy Quin, defense procurement minister, said the development reaffirms the government’s commitment to make the UK net zero by 2050.

He confirmed that the other three pilots were now under construction at Duke of Gloucester Barracks in Gloucestershire, Rock Barracks in Suffolk and Baker Barracks in Sussex.

It is hoped that, combined, the four programs will deliver efficiency savings of £ 1million and reduce emissions of 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

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