Herstmonceux Castle goes green with solar

Herstmonceux Castle has launched its Green Castle Initiative with new solar panels.

This initiative commits the Bader International Study Centre, a branch of the Queen’s University in Canada which is located in the castle, to reducing the carbon footprint of Herstmonceux Castle while at the same time creating a teaching and learning complex on the Herstmonceux Estate where students from around the world can study sustainability, microgeneration, renewable energy and responsible global stewardship.

Last week, local MP Greg Barker officially launched the first phase of the initiative by opening the operation of a 50KW solar PVC array at Herstmonceux Castle.

Mr Barker, who is Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, said, “This is a terrific local initiative and as Energy and Climate Change Minister, it gives me great pleasure to see such a bold green energy vision being brought to life in my own back yard.”

The Green Deal aims to transform the energy efficiency of British businesses and homes by helping homeowners, businesses and landlords make a wide range of energy efficiency improvements to their properties. The Green Castle Initiative at Herstmonceux participates in the scheme, and intends to introduce biomass, heat pump, wind and perhaps micro hydro generation technologies along with waste management techniques.