RSPB to install 700 solar panels at nature reserves

The RSPB has secured a finance deal to help install renewable energy projects across its nature reserves. They say this expected to provide up to 80% of the sites’ annual energy requirements, saving the RSPB a ‘significant’ sum on its energy bill, as well as providing income from selling energy back to the grid.The charity says the solar panel installations have been carefully located to avoid impacts on nature and planning process assessments have been carried out to ensure there are no impacts on specially protected species.Some panels are roof mounted on reserve buildings, others on car park canopies. The panels at Minsmere are ground mounted on a bank beside the car park; the shelter they provide is likely to attract the rare antlion to dig small pits in the ground under the panels to trap prey. The charity says this has the potential to create one of the largest colonies in England.

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