Operation Solar Farmyard
On 24th January 2017 a solar farm was connected to the observatory for the first time. The observatory is now powered entirely independent of the local grid from a renewable resource. Energy in the form of sunlight is captured by the solar panels, converted into electricity, and then used to charge up big banks of batteries. The battery banks store the energy, so it is available for us at night to power the observatory equipment. Find out more under the 'SOLAR' link at the top of the page.