Renewable energy developer set to save UK Royal Mint… a mint with new rooftop solar panels

Workmen fitting solar panels on roof of The Mint
Workmen fitting solar panels on roof of The Mint

A renewable energy company is hoping to save The Royal Mint …a mint, in fact – on its energy costs after installing nearly 50 solar PV panels on the roof.

Subcontracted to local Welsh firm CMB Electrical Contractors, Dulas delivered the 15kWp rooftop solar project in a week, installing all 46 panels on the flat roof of the visitor centre at the coin-factory in Glamorgan, Wales.

Alistair Marsden, Director, Dulas, said: “The rooftop solar sector has experienced somewhat of a depression in recent months as it makes the transition into a subsidy-free market.

“What this project really represents is the possibility for innovative growth in a sector that has experienced significant challenges over the years.” 

“From its infancy, the UK’s solar market has led the way in terms of growth and innovation, and it plays a hugely important role within the wider UK renewable energy industry. In the coming years, the widespread deployment of solar in the commercial space could make the difference between a thriving sector and an ailing one.”

With the installation in place, The Royal Mint Experience will now be able to meet significant energy commitments, as well as unlocking multiple additional revenue streams.

It is anticipated that the solar panels installed on the roof of the visitor attraction will generate more than 8,000kWh a year, greatly helping the institution realise significant energy cost savings.

Leighton John, the Royal Mint’s Director of Operations, said: “The Royal Mint is firmly focused on exploring green technologies that can support our business and help us reduce the environmental footprint of our operations. 

“Investment in renewable energy solar panels for our brand new visitor attraction, ‘The Royal Mint Experience’, was a natural step towards our commitment to using sustainable methods of conserving natural resources wherever possible.”

The Mint's new £20 Welsh coin
The Mint’s new £20 Welsh coin

Meanwhile, The Mint last week issued a newly-mint-ed Welsh £20 coin.

The 2016 Welsh Dragon Celebration £20 Fine Silver Coin features the red dragon as a symbol of Welsh pride, ferocity and determination, which ‘ensures it is worthy of Celtic legend and representative of a contemporary Welsh attitude.’

Depending on the result of last night’s European Cup semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales, sales of the £20 Welsh Dragon coin may soar. Or not.

Other witticisms regarding the exchange rate between the Welsh-£ and the Euro, as well as comparisons of payment-incentive plans for Welsh and England footballers are available…



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