Solar panels help Halesowen firm go green
A WORLD-leading company is going green with a massive installation of solar roof panels at its Halesowen headquarters.
Mapei, the UK subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for buildings, wants to save on C02 emissions and reduce its energy bills.
Department of Energy and Climate Change figures reveal the installation is in the top 20 largest commercial roof top mounted systems in the UK. Engineering manager Lee Manford said the company has a policy for ethics and green production to help reduce costs and add to their support towards eco-sustainability.
The Steel Park Road factory aims to generate enough power from the sun to generate enough electricity to produce about a fifth of its total consumption. Anything produced outside working hours will be fed back into the grid.
Mr Manford said: “We are members of the UK Green Building Council and it is vital for us to contribute towards an eco-friendly environment.
“The solar PV roof installation focuses on both our corporate philosophy and environmental friendly principles to be more energy efficient.”
All internal manufacturing and warehouse lighting have also been upgraded to high frequency energy efficient lighting with intelligent switching.
Home Analysis Energy solar power: Not just for rooftops
Thomas Edison’s famous pledge to “put his money on the sun and solar energy” may have taken a while to pay out, but he would no doubt be impressed at the current global boom in solar energy capacity and the huge array of different applications solar cells are now being used for.
The technology may be best known in its solar power panel form, be they installed on rooftops or positioned in solar farm arrays.
Simon Booth, Commercial Director, REi says “rapid in-roads into solar power technology mean solar cells could, in the future, be integrated into everything from mobile phones to space shuttles, and even bikinis! In the here and now however, commercial businesses can benefit from the current technology by deploying their redundant roof-tops to generate ‘free’ electricity via unobtrusive solar pv panels”.
Simon Booth, Commercial Director, Renewable Energy Investments (REI) says “this is a large untapped marketplace in which we are actively mining. Companies are waking up to the fact that their commercial rooftops could be a real asset to them. By renting out their roofs to solar panels – they can provide some control over their future energy prices which will have a positive impact on their bottom line”.
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