A distribution centre in Castle Donington, in the UK’s East Midlands, is the site of the country’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array which is currently being installed, the company says.

Amber Infrastructure will be supplying and installing the 6.1 MWp solar panel system while M&S has agreed a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement to purchase all of the electricity generated.
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The UK project, which will generate some 5,000 MWh of electricity per year, is expected to be completed in early 2015 and is being developed in partnership with Amber Infrastructure. The solar PV system will span the site’s 900,000 sq ft roof and will feature 24,272 PV modules.

The energy generated will be enough to make the fully automated distribution centre close to self-sufficient during daylight hours and is expected to cut M&S’s carbon footprint by some 48,000 tonnes over 20 years.

The project forms part of the company’s commitment to ensure 50% of the electricity used in its building operations comes from small scale renewable sources by 2020. UK law firm Burges Salmon advised M&S in relation to the array.

Hugo Adams, Director of Property at M&S, said: ‘Coupled with one of Europe’s largest solar thermal walls, the new solar PV system will make the building one of the most sustainable distribution centres in the world.’