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17 April 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

UK building and home improvement group, Travis Perkins, has had solar panels installed by renewables firm Solarlec to power its new regional distribution centre near Warrington, Cheshire.

The Travis Perkins Group has offices in Burnley, Carlisle and Exeter and chose Solarlec which completed the installation after the company fitted solar panels on to one of its Wickes stores in Sutton last year.

Solarlec designed and installed a 157.5kW solar PV system on the new, purpose built distribution centre that serves all 16 of the Travis Perkins Group's companies and a total of 1,900 UK sites, using Solfex Enhance solar panels.

The solar panels have been meticulously predicted to save the Travis Perkins Group £9,862.30 on energy bills over the next 12 months alone, securing £11,823 in feed-in tariff subsidies over the course of their first year. Over the next 25 years, the system's combined benefit is predicted to be around £907,161.21. Additionally, the solar panel system at the centre is set to save 1.5kg million of carbon dioxide over the next 25 years.

"It's my job to look at ways the group can reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions,” stated Haydn Young, Group Energy Manager, Travis Perkins. “As a group we pay large carbon levies so the choice of solar will reduce our total energy costs and therefore reduce our carbon emissions."

Picture: Solar panels fitted by Solarlec at Travis Perkins' regional distribution centre in Appleton, near Warrington, Cheshire.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 17 April 2015


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