Marks & Spencer completes ‘UK’s largest rooftop array’, plots more for 2015

Marks & Spencer will be benefiting from cheaper, greener electricity thanks to the installation of a 6.1MW solar array at its East Midlands Distribution Centre in Castle Donington.

The solar array is expected to generate 5,000MWh of energy every year, providing a quarter of the distribution centre’s energy requirements. The 24,272-module strong array was developed by Amber Infrastructure who acted as the sole funder for the project.

The minister for energy and climate change, Amber Rudd welcomed the installation, particularly in light of the government’s push for increased commercial rooftop solar. She said: “There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations – and this is a great example of how businesses can reap the benefits. More rooftop solar means more jobs – and will also help deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

Hugo Adams, director of property at Marks & Spencer, added: “The completion of this project is hugely exciting for everyone at M&S. It is the first significant step in a number of solar energy initiatives we are planning this year. The scale of the project demonstrates our ambitious goals and long term commitment to onsite renewable energy.”

The solar array is expected to help Marks & Spencer reduce its carbon footprint by around 48,000 tonnes over 21 years. Amber Infrastructure says that the 6.1MW project is the UK’s largest commercial solar installation.

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This article has been adapted from an article published in Solar Power Portal.