Shedding light on our new solar panels and LEDs
As part of our Arts Council England-supported Small Capital project, we’ve been making some green improvements to Toynbee Studios, bringing us closer to achieving our goal to be carbon neutral by 2025.
We’ve added 20 new solar panels to our roof as part of our Arts Council England-supported Small Capital project. We originally installed 40 solar panels back in 2014, which has been giving us 6% of our annual electricity. This latest addition of new solar panels covers the second expanse of flat roof on the top of Toynbee Studios, meaning we can expect to generate more than 60% more electricity, or an additional 7.1kW – hopefully up to 9% of our overall consumption.
Whilst our building has been quieter, we’ve used this time to install LED lighting and hand dryers so that we can further reduce our carbon footprint and say farewell to single-use hand towels. Lighting accounts for around 15% of the total energy consumption in the building and we save around 30% of that figure by switching to LEDs from fluorescent. This will reduce our total energy consumption by at least 4.5%!