A historic castle in Northumberland has embraced solar PV technology to start generating its own electricity. The National Trust’s Lindisfarne Castle of Holy Island has had nearly 50 solar modules fitted to the roof of the 16th Century Castle.

Speaking to the Journal, Simon Lee, Property Manager at Lindisfarne Castle, said: “The National Trust is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and the installation of Lindisfarne Castle’s solar panels is a huge step in the right direction.

“The installation design has taken into account the aesthetics and historical importance of the building by ensuring that there will be no weight or direct contact of the panels or frame on the roof itself.”

Enlightened Solar Ltd designed and installed the bespoke PV array but ran into a unique set of challenges presented by the Tudor Castle’s complex roof layout. To combat uncertain shade levels throughout the day, Solar UK designed a custom lightweight frame that sits immediately above the East Bedroom in the Castle. In addition, each panel has been fitted with a monitoring device which switches a module off individually when it’s shaded.

Geoff Foxx from Elightened Solar, said: “This has been another interesting and challenging installation for our team. Using the design knowledge gained over 14 years, we were able to provide the National Trust with a bespoke solution for a unique building. Utilising the very latest technology, coupled with an innovative engineering solution, we have been able to help Lindisfarne Castle go green.”

The charity’s solar project had fallen victim to the uncertain solar market, taking more than two years to complete after an investment of close to £45,000. The 48 solar modules are expected to slash the Castle’s utility bills by 10 percent and save 5.2 tonnes of carbon from being emitted every year.

[Via Journal Live]