Jersey Electricity company launches solar panel trial

Solar panels on the roof of the Jersey Electricity offices will produce enough power for four or five homes, according to the company's CEO.

Chris Ambler said it was an experiment but that if it worked more panels could be installed around the island.

He said Jersey was an ideal place for utilising the sun as the island had the most sunshine in the British Isles.

Mr Ambler said the trial was only possible now because the price of panels had dropped.

He said: "It is still emerging technology, the costs have been very high and it has only been over the past year that it has fallen in price in any meaningful way."

Before the panels can be installed on the Powerhouse building in St Helier they need approval from the planning department.

Jersey Meteorological Officer, Anthony Pallot, said the island saw a total of 2,235 hours of sunshine in 2011.

This compared to 1,962 hours recorded in Eastbourne over the same period - the place with the most hours in the United Kingdom.

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