Morrisons multi site solar PV rollout
In order to help achieve it’s ambitious 2020 carbon reduction targets, Morrisons decided to fit rooftop solar PV to new stores, as well as two of their existing distribution centres in Bridgwater and Sittingbourne. Solar PV is a popular choice for many businesses because it is a flexible and reliable technology that will provide a generous electricity supply, as well as helping to lower carbon emissions by reducing electricity consumption from the grid.
Morrisons has taken the wise decision to hedge against future energy price rises through self-generation and with guaranteed subsidies for the next 20 years, there is potential to earn considerable revenue from the systems. Furthermore, data from the systems installed so far shows that all are producing above their original forecast and are therefore likely to yield a higher income than was first thought. The self-use savings from the PV systems will also increase as the cost of electricity rises and over the summer months they will contribute a significant proportion of the store’s energy needs. For example, it is estimated that the Bridgwater system was contributing around 17% of the distribution centre’s total electricity requirements over the summer.
The solar project has raised positive public awareness of Morrisons efforts to cut carbon and gained recognition in the industry as an exemplary project, receiving two awards for Best Commercial Rooftop Installation and Renewable Energy Project of the Year. Former Minister for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker commented “...GMI Energy’s award winning project fitting solar panels to the Morrison’s distribution centre in Bridgwater is a terrific example of how solar PV can be successfully deployed on large scale commercial rooftops. I am keen to see more developments like this in the future.”
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