Marks & Spencer PLC are one of the most well known high street retailers in the UK selling the likes of food, clothing and home furnishings. Like many retailers, in line with demand from customers, they have also moved into selling certain items online.
You may be interested to know that M & S has commenced installing solar panels on the roof of its distribution centre in Castle Donington in Leicestershire. They are having in excess of 24,000 solar panels mounted on the roof of this commercial building covering an area of around 900,000 sq ft. This will make it the single, largest rooftop solar panel installation anywhere in the UK.This centre deals with the goods that the company sells through its website.
It is expected that the project will be finished in the early part of next year when it is forecast to provide almost enough energy to operate the distribution centre during the daytime. These solar panels will ensure a significant volume of carbon emissions will be removed from the atmosphere in the next few years.
Of course, M & S is not the only major retailer that is heavily into using solar panels to provide energy towards powering its buildings. We have previously reported about Sainsbury’s who, by the spring of next year, should have in the region of 170,000 solar panels installed on some of the premises that it occupies.
It is large solar panel arrays like these that will help the UK in its desire to achieve its renewable energy and carbon emission targets by 2020 as well as the many installations that take place atop the homes of people residing in the UK.
We are keen to hear about any other interesting solar photovoltaic panel schemes that have either been completed, are in the throes of installation or are going to be so feel free to leave your comments.