Powering Felixstowe Mega Distribution Centre with solar brilliance

Uniserve has taken another momentous step on its sustainability journey with the initiation of a groundbreaking solar panel installation project at its impressive 750,000 sq ft Felixstowe Mega Distribution Centre (FMDC).

Uniserve partnered with Solar Solutions and Eden Sustainable, leading experts in renewable energy solutions, to implement the solar panel installation, which is set to revolutionise the FMDC's energy consumption and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.

Installation commenced in June 2023, with the project planned to reach completion by the end of the year. The installation will consist of 5,500 photovoltaic panels strategically positioned across the FMDC's vast rooftop, with a remarkable peak output of 2.5 MW of clean, renewable energy.

This pioneering endeavour represents a £2 million pound investment into sustainability, demonstrating Uniserve's continued commitment to environmental responsibility and a greener future.

This generation of green electricity will empower Uniserve to achieve an impressive level of off grid electricity, overall providing 26% of its annual electricity demand.

Notably, Uniserve’s “Powerhouse" is projected to save a staggering 507,927 kg of CO2 each year, equivalent to the weight of 42 London buses.

The solar panels' exceptional power generation capabilities will facilitate a significant reduction in the FMDC's reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Uniserve foresees that the solar system will generate over 2,180,000 kWh per year, of which 86% of the energy will be consumed on site, supporting the operational needs of the facility.

Furthermore, the project will contribute to the grid, exporting an estimated 320,000 kWh of surplus power, enabling Uniserve to share its commitment to sustainable practices further afield with the local community of Felixstowe.

Vincent Morris, Property Director at Uniserve said:

"With the installation of these solar panels at our Felixstowe Mega Distribution Centre, Uniserve is taking a giant stride towards our commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

"We are proud to partner with Eden Sustainable and Solar Solutions in this transformative endeavour, reaffirming our commitment to environmental stewardship and reducing our environmental impact. This innovative solar project aligns with our company's core values, demonstrating that business and sustainability can go hand in hand for the benefit of the planet and our stakeholders."

Gareth Williams, Head of Business Development at Eden Sustainable said:

“We are delighted to be working with Uniserve on this exciting project at Uniserve's FMDC. We see this as a real statement in the industrial and logistics rooftop solar arena.”

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