Solar consumption is set to increase at B&Q’s Swindon distribution centre under plans by owner Kingfisher to add energy storage to make better use of the electricity generated by the site’s rooftop solar array. Currently, around 35% of generation from the centre’s 552 solar panels is exported to the grid. However the addition of a 756kW battery system will mean that 40% of the power generated by the solar panels can be stored and released back to the building to provide power during periods of peak pricing, or support overnight operations. Kingfisher says the Samsung batteries, to be installed by Solarcentury, will reduce the site’s grid power consumption by 31% with some days seeing zero grid energy used on site.
Solar Portal 31st July 2018 read more »
Independent Lancashire brewery Moorhouse’s says it will be able to produce one million pints of solar-powered beer each year after installing a 50kWp system on its main roof. The 169-panel installation was completed at the brewery in Burnley two weeks ago by Energy Gain UK and is expected to produce 42,000kWh of electricity per annum, all of which will be used on site. Following another record breaking summer, which saw solar overtake gas as the country’s number one form of energy for a short period at the end of June, Moorhouse’s managing director Lee Williams said the business was ready to play its part in boosting sustainability.
Solar Portal 30th July 2018 read more »