Solar panels

Working hard to reduce our carbon emissions

We're installing solar panels on roofs at some of our nature reserves and at Hope Farm (we already have solar panels at The Lodge and some other reserves). The panels generate electricity for us without producing greenhouse gases.

Why is it important?

Climate change poses the single biggest threat to birds and wildlife. Current science suggests that by 2050, one third of land-based species could be heading towards extinction without action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We're working hard to reduce our carbon emissions. We plan to reduce our carbon footprint by 80 per cent by 2050. We will significantly reduce our energy consumption, and embrace a mix of renewable energy sources including solar, wind, hydro and biomass.

Renewable energy is essential in the fight against climate change and solar is a proven source of clean, green, electricity.

What does it cost?

The work in this programme is being paid for by an external investor, at no direct cost to the RSPB.

We have no reason to believe solar panels present any significant threat to wildlife, but we are always careful when choosing where to put them. 

We always try to make use of places with low wildlife value, like roofs and car parks, and solar fits well into urban environments.

What you can do

Installing solar panels at home is a great way to make use of the free energy from the sun. What's more, the Government's Feed-In Tariff scheme (FiT) gives you a guaranteed payment for all the electricity you generate, even if you use some of it yourself. You also get an extra payment if you export spare electricity to the National Grid.

There are also lots of other ways to reduce your carbon emissions, from insulating your loft or putting in cavity wall insulation, to turning down the heating in your home.


  • Arne

    A wealth of wildlife in a beautiful setting

    RSPB Arne reserve
  • Minsmere

    Enjoy stunning views and the thrill of seeing some of our rarest wildlife

    Little tern on nest, Yarmouth
  • Northward Hill

    Walk among bluebells in spring and watch herons nesting in the treetops

    Grey herons at St Albans (Aren't birds brilliant!)
  • Old Hall Marshes

    One of the last accessible coastal wildernesses in north-east Essex