The installation will supply 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the White Rose centre.Landsec has unveiled the installation of the biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a retail site in the UK. The facility, situated on the roof of the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds, will produce 680,000 kWh of power a year, enough electricity to power up to 200 UK houses for 12 months. The PV will provide 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the centre.
The system will decrease carbon emissions at White Rose by 250 tonnes; it is the equivalent of over half a million miles of passenger vehicle emissions. It consists of 2,902 single panels, each of which measures 1.6 m².
The PV will maximise on-site renewable energy production, reduce electricity consumption from the grid and deliver significant financial benefits to retailers based at White Rose. It forms a key part of the ongoing sustainability strategy at the centre, which includes a comprehensive bio-diversity programme alongside energy efficiency measures and a focus on reducing food waste.
Scott Parsons, Managing Director, Retail, Landsec, stated: “We are extremely proud to have set a UK-wide benchmark for renewable electricity. Landsec is committed to setting and achieving ambitious sustainability targets, and this is a fantastic example of how innovative thinking can benefit both retailers and the environment.”
The PV was installed by EvoEnergy and Syzygy Renewables Ltd as project managers for Landsec.
11 AUGUST 2017, United Kingdom