National Coal Mining Museum adopts solar panels for energy savings

National Coal Mining Museum

It might seem quite ironic, but the National Coal Mining Museum in South Wales, United Kingdom, which many consider to be the birthplace of coal-powered industrialization, has now adopted solar panels in an effort to reduce its energy bills. The Big Pit museum now has 200 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof and an additional array of 200 solar panels installed on the National Collection Center in Nantgarw.

The museum, which is actually a coal mine that was closed in the 1980, invested about $114,000 to erect the solar panels, but now hopes to save about $650,000 over the course of 25 years, the normal life expectancy of a photovoltaic energy generating system. The manager at the museum stated that coal is an important part of the Wales’ heritage, but renewable energy will play a major role in the future.

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