The BBC’s DIY SOS team are well known for their sustainability initiatives and frequently recycle unwanted building materials for re-use. In a bid to boost their efforts beyond resource efficiency, they chose to run the site lights with solar power rather than diesel generators. This was a sizeable achievement considering the team were tasked with creating a building worth over £750, 000 in only 10 days. With little time and a large site, they needed round the clock power and plenty of lights.

The DIY SOS team managed to save 600 kg of CO₂ by using the solar array and also avoided diesel costs which are estimated to have been approximately £2000. The team did have to hire in the solar kit which cost £1100, nevertheless, considering it would have been necessary to hire hire standard gennies, the team still made an overall financial saving of £1300.

Space permitting, working with solar is a great option for productions working on location which often have high carbon footprints due to generator use.

Production Coordinator, Bel Weaver chose renewable energy which was less costly on the carbon and financial budgets. Overall, Bel said Firefly provided an excellent service and the kit worked well for them and she would recommend Firefly to other productions.

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Firefly Solar’s Tim Benson provided one Pyxis and two Pictor solar generators, plus three portable folding solar PV arrays, together with the LED site lights.