A CARLISLE business park is harnessing the power of the sun as it looks to be more energy efficient.

Kingmoor Park's newly installed four-acre solar farm is now live.

The solar farm was installed by Solar Maintenance Services earlier this year.

The site consists of 3000 ground mounted solar, photovoltaic panels each measuring 1.6m by 0.9m.

It was proposed the site would provide 877,000kwh of electricity per annum which is equivalent of up to 20 per cent of Kingmoor Park’s energy needs.

This could mean a saving of 250 tonnes of C02 per year and would significantly reduce the need to rely non-renewable sources.

Neil McIntyre, Kingmoor Park’s managing director, said: “Fulfilling Kingmoor Park’s energy needs are crucial to safeguard the site’s future. As a team we are committed to ensuring that our energy source is sustainable and by introducing the Solar Farm we hope to do this.

"After reviewing the initial data from Solar Maintenance Services, we are pleased to say that on several occasions we have been self-sufficient.

"This means that we are not relying on power from the national grid.

"We weren’t expecting to see results this quickly but due to a reduction in the amount of power we have been using during the pandemic and the right weather conditions, we have been able to achieve this.

"Furthermore, the early data suggests we have reduced our requirement from the grid and non-green energy solutions by at least 28.5 per cent.”