Big Ben Might Go Green, Get Solar Panels
One of the biggest landmarks in London might be going green and from the look of things, it’s all just the beginning of a major environmental refurbishing of the city.
According to The Guardian, the House of Commons is currently contemplating a proposal to install solar panels on the Big Ben, the clock tower by the Thames river officially named Elizabeth Tower. The idea is part of a plan to reduce the environmental footprint of the British Parliament by 34% by 2020.
“These ideas will now be discussed, reviewed and prioritized by the Environment Team with a program of initiatives to be developed in future months,” said a spokesman for the House of Commons.
Also part of the plan is to install solar panels on the roof of the House of Commons.
“The project is expected to ensure that the roof remains serviceable for another 150 years, and will give us the opportunity to improve our environmental performance ratings and fire safety systems,” explained the spokesman.
He added that the House is also planning on installing voltage optimization technology to reduce the waste of energy, making improvements to all buildings to improve the use of energy, and replacing all light bulbs for higher efficiency LED ones.
A not so great and animal friendly part of the agenda is to insulate the roof of the Palace of Westminster with sheep’s wool, which studies have shown reduces the loss of heat, but it’s all a good first step in a greener direction!
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