National first--solar energy powers London fire station.(News)

London Fire Brigade has launched the first solar-powered fire station in the UK.

Richmond Fire Station has put in place leading edge technology to help lower carbon emissions and combat climate change. Eighty square metres of the station's roof are now covered with around 80 photo voltaic panels, which convert daylight into electricity.

Solar power will generate about three quarters of the station's electricity. The rest will be provided by British renewable energy supplier Good Energy, making the station's electricity supply 100 per cent green.

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Chair Val Shawcross said: "This is an important step toward meeting targets on lowering carbon emissions, which are the key to tackling climate change. …

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