Cold food distributor installs £2.2m solar system

Waxman Energy has designed and supplied a £2.2 million solar installation for Yearsley Group, the UK’s largest cold food storage and distribution provider. By generating 10 percent of its annual electricity by utilising renewable energy, the company is saving approximately 340 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The system, which was installed by Bury-based Solar Choice, saw a total of 5,000m2 of solar PV panels, capable of producing 310,000 kilowatt hours per annum, installed across two sites at Heywood, Greater Manchester and Holmewood, near Chesterfield.

Solar Choice utilised over eight and a half miles of DC cable and installed 3,160 Phono Solar PS240M modules onto the southern elevations of both buildings’ roofs using a Fix 2-7 Schletter mounting system. Each building also had 20 SMA STP-17000 inverters installed to convert the energy.

Solar Choice Sales Director Ajay Hargreaves said, “Yearsley Group has made a major investment and cleverly made use of its existing assets to create green energy to help power its own operations and help it to meet the environmental policies of many of its customers.

“These are by far the largest roof mounted installations we have ever done and one of the biggest in the UK, producing an enormous amount of electricity in a clean and sustainable way and significantly reducing the company’s reliance on the National Grid.

“We received excellent service from Waxman, from initial consultation through to the delivery of the system.  We also benefitted from the company’s clear and pragmatic technical support which was of great assistance throughout the project.”