Aquarium wins grant for DTI solar panel programme

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The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, is the latest of four regional sites in the UK to win a grant in the government's solar panel demonstration programme.

Some 144 photovoltaic panels will cover an area of 216sqm in the heart of the aquarium. Once in place, the panels will produce around 30kW per hour, which will feed straight back in to the aquarium's conventional power consumption.

Costing nearly £200,000, the project is funded by the DTI, South West Regional Development Agency and the National Marine Aquarium.