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19 Nov 2007 03:11:54

Hirst installs £1.5m solar energy plant

Damien Hirst has announced he is set to install what will be, on completion, the UK''s second largest solar power system.

The artist plans to install the £1.5 million, 310 kilowatt, project at his studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Guardian reported.

Mr Hirst''s solar panels could produce enough electricity to power 150 homes, with the system accounting for two per cent of the UK''s total solar power production.

Dave Timms, economics campaigner for Friends of the Earth, told the newspaper: "This is great news. Good on Damien Hirst. He''ll probably do more to boost confidence in the UK solar industry than the government has over the past few years."

"However, we can''t rely on the environmentally aware wealthy to nurture the low carbon industries. We need a feed-in tariff scheme which would reward all businesses and individuals who invest in small-scale renewable technologies with a guaranteed premium price for the clean electricity they generate," he added.

According to the BBC, the amount of electricity produced by solar power in Germany is currently more than 200 times greater than in the UK.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18360645-ADNFCR

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