11 Nov 2010 10:11:02
Glastonbury founder installs solar panels
Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury festival, has installed the largest private solar windfarm in the UK at his farm in Somerset.
More than 1,100 panels have been fitted on the roof of a cowshed at Worthy Farm, which should be capable of producing enough energy to power 40 houses for a year. Power not used by the farm will be sold back to the National Grid.
Around 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide are expected to be saved each year through the project.
Mr Eavis expects to see a return on his investment in nine years, thanks to the government's feed-in tariff scheme, which pays homeowners for generating green electricity, even if it is not sold back to the grid.
"We're doing all kinds of things here, from storing the sewage which saves on haulage costs and fuel to looking at getting electricity from the methane created by our cows," he explained.
"This is just the start of something that will turn our energy production on its head," Mr Eavis added.
Solar panels are the most popular technology for those utilising the feed-in tariff, accounting for more than 97 per cent of all installations.