A royal nod to renewable energy

Even Queen Elizabeth understands the value of clean-gen credits.

Queen Elizabeth has filed for a permit to equip her Balmoral estate in Scotland’s Aberdeenshire with solar panels.

The house, built by Queen Victoria for her faithful — some say very faithful — servant John Brown, would be equipped with panels that would generate 1.8 kilowatts per hour on sunny days, which actually don’t come often in Aberdeenshire. The sunniest month is June, which traditionally has 15 days of rain. In winter, days with one hour of sunlight are common.

The application was made in the name “HM the Queen,” to the Aberdeenshire County Council.

The Queen is already making electricity from a 100 kw turbine on a river that runs through the giant estate. Additionally, the monarch has proposed that police guards use bicycles as much as possible during her visits to Balmoral.

Woodchip boilers have also been installed at Prince Charles’s home, Birkhall, with timber from her own forest used wherever suitable.