THE power of the sun is set to save Portsmouth Naval Base more than £1m over the next 20 years.
BAE Systems has installed almost 2,000 solar panels with the latest photovoltaic technology on two buildings at the base.
The project is all part of creating a more modern and energy-efficient naval base fit for the 21st centuryIain Greenlees
Ken Hobbs, head of energy solutions and services at BAE Systems Maritime Services, said: ‘We are proud to be managing this important project for the Portsmouth Naval Base estate.
‘Solar panels will generate power, transforming these buildings into clean energy producing facilities, improving efficiency and ultimately reducing costs for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’
The naval base’s head of infrastructure, Captain Iain Greenlees, said: ‘The project is all part of creating a more modern and energy-efficient naval base fit for the 21st century.
‘This is an important step on the path to modernising the base to support the Royal Navy on global operations.’
The MoD is expecting to save more than £500,000 this financial year thanks to the panels, combined with other energy-saving initiatives at the base, which have been project-managed by BAE Systems.
Other measures have included the installation of LED lighting in offices, LED street lighting, air-source heat pumps and intelligent control systems.
The 500kW panels are part of a contract called the Maritime Support Delivery Framework.
The contract, which will sustain more than 2,000 jobs in Portsmouth, means BAE Systems will look after planning, engineering, hard facilities management and estates services to deliver everything that is needed to live and work on the base.