Tredegar House could get solar panels

Justin Albert, National Trust's Director for Wales at Tredegar House (5280386)

Justin Albert, National Trust's Director for Wales at Tredegar House (5280386)

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TREDEGAR House could get solar panels and other energy saving measures under plans by the National Trust.

Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales, revealed yesterday Tredegar House is currently undergoing a consultation which could see solar panels installed.

He said: “The house uses a huge amount of oil and operates on an all on or nothing system. The money we could save could be used to put back into resources here.”

The trust have been looking at ways to save on energy with installing panels and hydros at a range of their estates which they say now use between 22 and 44 per cent less energy and have saved £750,000.

Mr Albert said: “The burning platform for Britain is biodiversity, our outdoors, woods and streams are under threat. We are facing a cliff together environmentally.

“We can’t keep driving around in Land Rovers.”

The trust have managed the estate for the last two years and Newport council have ownership of the estate.

Mr Albert said: “Community engagement, that is the success of Tredegar House. The biggest success is that it is part of the city.”

Other new projects at Tredegar House include the servant and estate workers project which involves volunteers collating information on housekeepers and other workers who have worked at the house through the years. The trust is working on opening up new spaces to the public in the next few months.

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11:05am Thu 10 Apr 14

welshmen says...

If it's Grade listed i don't think they can do that on the property it self, it's has to be as built, if you have to replace any thing of the structure it has to be of the same year, IE timber bricks tiles slates etc i believe....
If it's Grade listed i don't think they can do that on the property it self, it's has to be as built, if you have to replace any thing of the structure it has to be of the same year, IE timber bricks tiles slates etc i believe.... welshmen
  • Score: 8

1:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

For an organisation that goes on about sensitive planning issues solar panels on this building or anywhere near it would be an eyesore.
For an organisation that goes on about sensitive planning issues solar panels on this building or anywhere near it would be an eyesore. Woodgnome
  • Score: 7

2:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

welshmen wrote:
If it's Grade listed i don't think they can do that on the property it self, it's has to be as built, if you have to replace any thing of the structure it has to be of the same year, IE timber bricks tiles slates etc i believe....
Agree.
Maybe they are going to take the power from an array in the grounds?
If not then surely it would be a breach of the listed planning laws.
I wouldn't have thought that they would be allowed a concession for this as this would open up the floodgates.
Would be interesting to see where this goes.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: If it's Grade listed i don't think they can do that on the property it self, it's has to be as built, if you have to replace any thing of the structure it has to be of the same year, IE timber bricks tiles slates etc i believe....[/p][/quote]Agree. Maybe they are going to take the power from an array in the grounds? If not then surely it would be a breach of the listed planning laws. I wouldn't have thought that they would be allowed a concession for this as this would open up the floodgates. Would be interesting to see where this goes. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 6

2:43pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Dickieboy says...

The building is either square or rectangular so listed building regs aside it should be possible to mount 4 arrays on the inner roof pitches and they would not detract from the overall look of the house.
The building is either square or rectangular so listed building regs aside it should be possible to mount 4 arrays on the inner roof pitches and they would not detract from the overall look of the house. Dickieboy
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Gareth says...

I was thinking about how I felt about such improvements/changes to the existing infrastructure, but I don't suppose there will be, really. I guess it would be a bit two-faced of me: seeing as I like the big car park, café, modern toilets, path around the lake and the rest of it. They aren't exactly historically accurate either!
I was thinking about how I felt about such improvements/changes to the existing infrastructure, but I don't suppose there will be, really. I guess it would be a bit two-faced of me: seeing as I like the big car park, café, modern toilets, path around the lake and the rest of it. They aren't exactly historically accurate either! Gareth
  • Score: 6

3:05pm Thu 10 Apr 14

paddyparry says...

The panels will not be put on the roof of the building but in the gorunds. Unfortunately the Argus has not been clear in its reporting.
The panels will not be put on the roof of the building but in the gorunds. Unfortunately the Argus has not been clear in its reporting. paddyparry
  • Score: 7

5:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

paddyparry wrote:
The panels will not be put on the roof of the building but in the gorunds. Unfortunately the Argus has not been clear in its reporting.
A solar farm on this site equally hideous.
[quote][p][bold]paddyparry[/bold] wrote: The panels will not be put on the roof of the building but in the gorunds. Unfortunately the Argus has not been clear in its reporting.[/p][/quote]A solar farm on this site equally hideous. Woodgnome
  • Score: -4

10:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

i think the train station should get listed status there it certainly is unique
i think the train station should get listed status there it certainly is unique scraptheWAG
  • Score: -1

6:57am Fri 11 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

On -shore wind farms and solar farms no longer have any credibility in the eyes of anyone who knows anything about it except the manufacturers of the kit. If they go anywhere they should be off shore.
On -shore wind farms and solar farms no longer have any credibility in the eyes of anyone who knows anything about it except the manufacturers of the kit. If they go anywhere they should be off shore. Woodgnome
  • Score: -1

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