The Wales’ National Coal Mining Museum located at Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales, now has 200 photovoltaic solar panels ... on the .. roof with another 200 solar panels installed on the National Collection Centre in Nantgarw.
[It gained its name from its particularly large elliptical 300 foot shaft. It closed in February 1980 and in 1983 it re-opened as a museum.] Since that time, the National Coal Mining Museum has seen well over 3 million visitors pass through its gates and it is now a World Heritage site. It is estimated that the solar panels will offset about £400,000 (~$650,000) during the next 25 years. The cost of about £70,000 (~$115,000) to install the panels, which was funded by the museum. The electricity generated will be used on site with any surplus being sold to the National Grid, which can produce additional income for the museum...
Rafaël Delaedt / Wikimedia Commons
For an NPR Webcast about the panels go to http://www.npr.org/2012/12/20/167688230/coal-mining-museum-welcomes-solar-panels.
by Danielle Biggs from the Solar Panels UK
Renewable Energy World www.RenewableEnergyWorld.com
December 17, 2012