Photo voltaic panels put in on Yorkshire Dales Nationwide Park buildings as a part of renewable power drive
A rainbow over the new solar panels at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.
Engineers are installing solar panels, air source heat pumps and LED lighting in Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority buildings, while electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in all ten public car parks of the authority.
Park executives say the renewable energy facilities will reduce the annual amount of carbon dioxide generated by operating the agency’s properties by 40 percent.
Aysgarth Falls National Park Center (NPC), Malham NPC and Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes have installed solar panels in the past few weeks.
The Colvend offices in Grassington will also soon be installing rooftop solar panels, while additional modules will be installed on the roof of the agency’s other offices, Yoredale in Bainbridge.
Air source heat pumps will be installed in Malham and Aysgarth Falls NPCs next week.
Any property that is being worked in is expected to generate electricity for the national grid outside of business hours or during long periods of sunshine.
The lighting was switched to LED in all buildings of the authority.
The work is funded in part by a grant from the public sector decarbonization program.
This year, seven new electric vehicle chargers were installed in the agency’s parking lots to complement the three installed last year.
Help from the Craven County Council and a grant from the residential charging system on the street made the installation possible.
Each unit is a Podpoint 7kw dual charger that delivers energy for 25 pence per kilowatt hour (kWh).
Charging a car for an hour at one of the new points increases the range by 30 miles.
Sustainable development advocate Carl Lis said: “The climate and natural disaster requires a quick response.
“By March of last year, the National Park Authority had reduced its own carbon dioxide emissions by 64 percent compared to 2005.
The latest work will further reduce our emissions, but we know we still have a long way to go.
“We want to eliminate carbon emissions from our operations and embed sustainability in everything we do and use, from the materials we use to pave paths or plant trees to the jackets we wear while we work.
“We can be encouraged by the progress that has been made, but we must not let up.”
According to the park authority, the first three electric vehicle chargers installed in the National Park Authority’s parking lots last year saved nearly 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Mr. Lis added, “We looked at the benefits of the first three EV charging points and decided to add another seven.
“We know that our charging stations cost people a little more than a typical charging station at home. The idea, however, is for drivers to refill at these points rather than relying on them to be fully charged.
“We hope that the charging stations will give electric vehicle users the confidence to visit the national park and that they can“ refuel ”if necessary.
“We plan to regularly review the use of existing chargers and possibly install more in specific locations as demand increases.”
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority started a program in 2006 to actively reduce their CO2 emissions. By March 2019, emissions are said to have been reduced by 64 percent compared to 2005.