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19 Jul 2011 10:07:09

Windsor Castle renewable energy plans progress

Windsor Castle renewable energy plans progress
Windsor Castle is set to be the "primary customer" of a renewable electricity scheme to harness power from the River Thames.

The project from Southeast Power Engineering will see electricity generated from turbines installed in the Romney Weir delivered to the royal residence by underground cables.

A planning application for the creation of a hydroelectric scheme in the weir was originally submitted in 2008, with the hope of construction beginning in 2009.

Once complete, Southeast Power Engineering believes the two turbines will be capable of generating 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, with an installed capacity of 300 kW.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: "We are keen to continue with generating our own renewable energy from this scheme. The hope is that the project will be built by the end of the year and generating power soon after."

Last year, Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Kensington Palace all underwent energy-efficient improvements with the fitting of insulation, which is expected to save 850 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800625856-ADNFCR

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