On-site solar ‘economic’ for UK firm

Lyreco & Guinness Asset Management has installed a 3.811 MWp solar array on the roof of its national distribution centre in Telford, UK.

Commercial solar PV developer EvoEnergy completed the development, comprising 13,860 panels and claimed as the fourth largest rooftop PV system in the UK.

Lyreco, a global office and workplace solutions provider, fitted the system to the roof of the firm’s 15-acre logistics site. Output is expected to exceed 3.2 GWh annually.

Owned and operated through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) by Addison Energy Limited, the system will save Lyreco more than à‚£53,000 ($76,000) per year on its energy bills – making the whole site carbon neutral in terms of electricity usage.

Nick Dacey, logistics director for Lyreco, said: ‘We have a large warehouse here in Telford with a large open space on the roof and it recently became obvious that solar panel technology had reached a point where it would be economic for us to engage in that.’

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