Work starts on energy rich roof solar scheme

solar panels The panels will comprise the Humber’s largest roof mounted solar scheme. Image: ABP

ABP is investing GB£6.8m in a roof mounted solar scheme at a UK port to supply almost 29% of its energy requirement.

Once completed, the 6.5MW solar scheme at ABP’s Port of Hull will more than double the Humber Ports’ renewable energy generation, increasing it to over 12MW, which will supply almost 29% of the ports’ energy requirement.

Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber, said: “This solar installation is another vital step toward making our energy supply even more sustainable and even greener. It will make more use of the hybridised port equipment we have invested in to carry out port operations.

“I’m excited to see where this green energy revolution can take us as a port operator, as we look to decarbonise further our own operations and, in turn, those of our customers and the wider supply chain.”

July 2020 goal

The panels, which will comprise the Humber’s largest roof mounted solar scheme, are being installed by Custom Solar and will cover ABP warehouses and the engineering workshops at the Port of Hull. As warehouses are completed, they will be switched on, with the entire installation set to be online and producing clean power by July 2020.

Once installed, the solar panels will save 2,600t of CO2e per annum, equating to the energy needs of 1,600 average UK homes. And upon decommissioning, the solar panels and the frames in which they sit are 100% recyclable.

Matthew Brailsford, managing director at Custom Solar, which worked with DNO Northern Powergrid in addition to ABP, said the project took over two years to plan due to its complexity.

Currently, installations at the Ports of Immingham and Goole produce 4.5 MW and 1.1 MW respectively.

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