Bromley police install 120 solar panels

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BROMLEY police are showing off their green credentials by installing more than 120 solar panels on the station roof.

The panels, which are self cleaning and have a life expectancy of in excess of 30 years, will substantially reduce the station's carbon footprint over the coming years.

It is estimated they will save 21 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

The assistant facilities manager for Bromley police, Nicholas Reynolds, said: "We have been working hard to ensure the station meets the highest environmental standards and are already taking great steps towards managing and minimising our environmental impact".

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7:26am Sun 18 Mar 12

right-writes says...

It depends on what is meant by environmental impact…

Sirens at midnight and beyond is what I would call an environmental impact which is completely unnecessary.

After dark, the blue light accompanied by an occasional car horn, or maybe a little bell is plenty of notice, I would have thought.

And as far as solar panels are concerned, as I understand it, the jury is out regarding their overall efficiency. Unless there is some sort of "government grant" involved… Of course we all know where the government gets (what it calls) its money, don't we?
It depends on what is meant by environmental impact… Sirens at midnight and beyond is what I would call an environmental impact which is completely unnecessary. After dark, the blue light accompanied by an occasional car horn, or maybe a little bell is plenty of notice, I would have thought. And as far as solar panels are concerned, as I understand it, the jury is out regarding their overall efficiency. Unless there is some sort of "government grant" involved… Of course we all know where the government gets (what it calls) its money, don't we? right-writes

3:14pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Locked and Loaded says...

All this solar power is a load of nonsense, it all sounds good. What no one tells you about it is that you need banks of lead acid batteries ( life span 2 -3 years). Not very green in my book. Then you need an inverter ( very expensive ) to jump 12 volt to 120v or 240v depending what country you are in. The panels are still very expensive too, and from my experience don't last anything like 30 years, more like around 5.
Then the bottom line is the system just aint got the sheer power needed to run anything substantial. Its still years away from really being practical, it all sounds good for the tree huggers and thats about it.
All this solar power is a load of nonsense, it all sounds good. What no one tells you about it is that you need banks of lead acid batteries ( life span 2 -3 years). Not very green in my book. Then you need an inverter ( very expensive ) to jump 12 volt to 120v or 240v depending what country you are in. The panels are still very expensive too, and from my experience don't last anything like 30 years, more like around 5. Then the bottom line is the system just aint got the sheer power needed to run anything substantial. Its still years away from really being practical, it all sounds good for the tree huggers and thats about it. Locked and Loaded

5:14pm Fri 23 Mar 12

plasticfantastic says...

Slightly off topic, but as the first contributor mentions too many flashing blue lights and sirens at night. If you were being attacked, or your home was being burgled, you would want the police there as quick as possible, to do that, blues and twos are required.
Slightly off topic, but as the first contributor mentions too many flashing blue lights and sirens at night. If you were being attacked, or your home was being burgled, you would want the police there as quick as possible, to do that, blues and twos are required. plasticfantastic

3:13pm Sat 24 Mar 12

madras says...

Locked and Loaded wrote:
All this solar power is a load of nonsense, it all sounds good. What no one tells you about it is that you need banks of lead acid batteries ( life span 2 -3 years). Not very green in my book. Then you need an inverter ( very expensive ) to jump 12 volt to 120v or 240v depending what country you are in. The panels are still very expensive too, and from my experience don't last anything like 30 years, more like around 5.
Then the bottom line is the system just aint got the sheer power needed to run anything substantial. Its still years away from really being practical, it all sounds good for the tree huggers and thats about it.
Don't know where the banks of batteries come from! And as for sheer power, quick calculation assuming 240w per panel = 28.8kw, so even @, say, 80% efficiency that would still be 23kw...
[quote][p][bold]Locked and Loaded[/bold] wrote: All this solar power is a load of nonsense, it all sounds good. What no one tells you about it is that you need banks of lead acid batteries ( life span 2 -3 years). Not very green in my book. Then you need an inverter ( very expensive ) to jump 12 volt to 120v or 240v depending what country you are in. The panels are still very expensive too, and from my experience don't last anything like 30 years, more like around 5. Then the bottom line is the system just aint got the sheer power needed to run anything substantial. Its still years away from really being practical, it all sounds good for the tree huggers and thats about it.[/p][/quote]Don't know where the banks of batteries come from! And as for sheer power, quick calculation assuming 240w per panel = 28.8kw, so even @, say, 80% efficiency that would still be 23kw... madras

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