The scaffolding is up: there’s an exciting new project happening at Milestones!

Starting on 24 November 2021, over the coming weeks we are installing 433 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of the museum. These will enable the equivalent of half of our annual electricity use from a renewable, zero-carbon energy source. The panels will make a significant contribution to reducing the carbon emissions associated with our electricity use. We are also installing meters so that we will be able to report the amount of energy generated by the building in real-time. This will be displayed for our visitors, staff and volunteers to see.

Installation of the panels is being coordinated by Hampshire County Council as part of a project to install energy efficiency measures in hundreds of public buildings across the county. Funding for the project has been secured from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which offers 100% funded grants for public sector organisations to fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects in their properties. This is part of the County Council’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2050 and resilient to the impacts of a 20C temperature rise.

This solar PV installation project is part of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s environmental sustainability goal to achieve carbon neutrality across our 23 museums, galleries and art centres by 2030.

The installation of the solar panels is planned to be completed before Christmas 2021 and the work will not affect our museum opening hours and events. Read our FAQs for more information.

  • Solar panels at Milestones Museum