UK-based timber and builders merchant Covers has signed an agreement with Azur Solar Systems, which will install solar photovoltaics on as many of its 12 sites as are suitable. With branches located in Chichester, Bognor, Portsmouth and Brighton the company hopes to meet a significant portion of its own energy needs.

In total 678kWp is expected to be installed across seven sites which will generate approximately 600,000kWh annually by utilising over 2,500 solar PV panels.

Each branch will also operate as an Azur reference site, allowing Covers to promote the financial and practical advantages delivered by solar PV systems to its customers. Covers will also market Azur Solar Power Kits to its customers.

“We are delighted to have chosen Azur Solar as our partner to develop Covers’ Solar PV potential both as an investment on our branch roofs and in helping us to promote the benefits to our customer base.  As well as being a good financial investment for us, the estimated saving of over 250 tonnes of CO2 each year is important in helping us play our part in mitigating climate change,” explained Rupert Green, Finance Director at Covers.

“We first met Azur Solar at Ecobuild earlier this year and were impressed with its products, its professional approach and the speed at which it could develop and deliver a practical solution for us. They offer quality and innovative German manufactured products that are competitively priced, all backed up by credible guarantees.”

Robert Markus Feldmann, Managing Director at Azur Solar said, “This is a significant contract for Azur Solar as it not only means that we will deliver a number of installations over the coming months, but through our continued relationship with Covers, we will together promote the environmental and economic benefits that a solar PV system delivers to a wider audience.” 

“Our 2P coating on these panels also means that, unlike some competitive solutions, an Azur installation will continue to consistently perform with negligible deterioration in the panel or overall system performance.  This maximises energy production by yielding significantly more kWh and thus provides superior return on investment over its operational lifespan,” concluded Feldmann.