Scotland’s lighthouses are deploying the latest solar power technology to help guide mariners through the harshest of environments with running costs radically cut by the switch to renewable energy. Scotland’s lighthouses are deploying the latest solar power technology to help guide mariners through the harshest of environments with running costs radically cut by the switch to renewable energy. Solar power has been used by the Northern Lighthouse Board for several years but the short days in Scotland’s far north have long posed a problem for engineers seeking to generate and store enough energy to keep lamps and buoys alight over the winter months. Now improvements to photovoltaic (PV) technology, battery storage and low-energy lamps mean that the NLB is potentially saving £30,000 a year running and maintaining the hardest to reach lighthouses which have traditionally been powered by diesel engines.
Scotsman 3rd May 2018 read more »
Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry has hinted that the government’s forthcoming post-2019 solar direction could deliver a “really positive” set of outcomes for the industry. Perry addressed the audience at the All Energy exhibition and conference in Glasgow this morning, discussing the successes of the renewable energy industries of England and Scotland, before a media briefing. Speaking to journalists, the climate and energy minister hinted that the forthcoming solar strategy “ought to have a really positive set of outcomes”. And Perry further apologised for delays to its publication, squaring its absence with both the need to assess professor Dieter Helm’s cost of energy review and the department’s desire to “get it right”.
Solar Power Portal 3rd May 2018 read more »