Bodnant ‘modern art’ solar installation wins award

Solar panel installation at Bodnant in Wales win energy award
Published : 21 Sep 2016 Last update : 25 Oct 2016

We’ve won another national energy award for our solar project at Bodnant Garden in the beautiful Conwy Valley in Wales.

The accolade, for national small scale project of the year, was awarded at the energy efficiency and retrofit awards in Birmingham.

The 175 photo-voltaic panels, laid on a curve in the hillside, have even been mistaken by some of the 212,000 annual visitors, for a modern art installation.

Powering the garden

The striking panels, made by our partner Panasonic, generate enough electricity to power the on-site Pavilion Café and two electric vehicle charging points in the overflow car park. They even recharge gardening power tools' batteries.

The money we save on our energy bills helps fund our vital conservation work.

Paul Southall, our environmental advisor who worked on the project, put the success down to a collaborative approach. Our staff at Bodnant, the designer and installer Carbonzero renewables, and the Panasonic team, all worked to ensure the finished system sat appropriately within its environment.

Ambitious programme

We’re also undertaking an ambitious £33m Renewable Energy Investment (REI) Programme, supported by our green energy partner Good Energy. We are developing over 40 renewables projects across the country involving heat pumps, biomass and solar power, to help generate 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Volunteers repairing a dry stone wall in the Usk Valley

Our cause 

While we're very passionate about open spaces and historic places, we're working hard in other areas too. We care about energy, the environment, food, farming, transport and heritage - to name just a few of our concerns.