Cirencester army base has plans for solar array

Duke of Glos Barracks solar array

Public Power Solutions (PPS), a subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to Cotswold District Council on behalf of the government’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation to build a ground-mounted solar farm at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks near Cirencester.

This is part of a pilot project by the MOD and the plans are for the array to be connected to allow power output to be directly consumed by the barracks for its operational use, with any excess split to the grid.

Public Power Solution exists to assist local authorities and public sector organisations to deliver renewable energy solutions which maximise the use of their assets to cut carbon emissions, contribute to national and local renewable and low carbon development objectives, and enhance energy security.

The site was selected following screening and feasibility analysis of 10 sites across the country undertaken by PPS. The initial 10 sites were identified by the Army/DIO following an internal screening process of its own estate to identify suitable sites which could trial this type of technology prior to the intended roll out across the wider estate.

It is anticipated that the development will generate 1,400 MWh of electricity annually. This equates with 33 per cent reduction over the existing carbon emissions on site from electricity consumption.

Major General David Southall CBE, director of the Army’s Basing and & Infrastructure organisation, said: “We are very excited at the opportunity to drive greater sustainability into the Army estate. We remain wholly committed to becoming more energy efficient and this is an excellent example of the innovation we will harness to enable this.”

The Duke of Gloucester Barracks houses the 29 Regiment RLC, part of 104 Logistic Support Brigade. It is the Army’s centre of gravity for both movements support and postal & courier capabilities.