Solar will be at the heart of England’s biggest agricultural show after a 250kW array was installed on the roof of one of Yorkshire’s largest event spaces.

A total of 960 panels will supply 190MWh of electricity annually to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, home to the Great Yorkshire Show. The system was installed on the centre’s newly-built Hall 1, which was completed in June 2016, and is expected to save £20,000 a year in electricity costs.

Heather Parry, managing director at Yorkshire Event Centre, said: “The sustainability of this exciting new build was instrumental from the outset and we are delighted with what has been achieved.” 

The system was installed by Leeds-based G&H Sustainability, which was brought in as a specialist by the contractor, TClarke.

Andrew Hudson, director at G&H Sustainability, said the system will “save Yorkshire Event Centre significantly on energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.” He added: “The scheme was instrumental in the building achieving a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating when its energy efficiency performance was assessed reiterating the key role solar plays in energy reduction strategies.”