In a change from the usual, Glastonbury has decided to go green and install solar panels to produce electricity. This energy scheme is actually the largest in the UK, and looks to provide a source of cheap electricity for homes in Glastonbury. The solar panels are being installed in preparation for a music festival at Worthy Farm. The energy saving measures are intended to advance the music festival’s goals of renewable energy, which it has been promoting since 1979. Says Michael Eavis, organizer of the festival, “We want the Festival, and the farm, to be as green as they can be. The solar panels will make a huge contribution towards that.”
The solar panels will be installed on the roofs of barns at Worthy Farms. Once complete, the project is expected to span over 1500 square metres. The solar panels are expected to provide enough electricity to power forty homes annually, and will be left after the closing of the festival. In order to maximize the amount of sunlight the solar panels receive each day, the panels will be installed facing south. With the barns being somewhat aged, concerns for safety have led engineers to recommend shoring up the sides of the buildings. In light of such concerns, reinforced girders will be installed in the barns to enable them to withstand the added weight of the solar panels.