Steel and industrial supplier Thomas Graham has installed solar on its new warehouse at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle.

Renewable energy installer, Sundog Energy installed the 884 module strong solar array in less than four weeks. The system is estimated to generate around 173,000kWh of electricity per year.

Sundog estimates that the solar installation will offset the running costs of the warehouse and reduce the company’s emissions by as much as 90 tonnes a year.

Phil Barnes, operations director for Thomas Graham’s, said: “Following the decision that solar PV was the right way forward for Thomas Graham’s and that Sundog Energy were the right partner for us, the project moved forward without any problems or delays. All work was completed to specification and within budget, the team involved were a pleasure to work with and for the size of installation there was very little disruption; we are now benefitting from the operational savings and looking forward to the feed-in tariff payments.”

Martin Cotterell, founder and managing director of Sundog Energy, added: “Solar power is a win-win solution for any business at this time. It means they can capitalise on their unused roof space, save money on energy bills and earn money by generating their own free electricity. With payback on systems like this one expected in little over seven years, everything generated after that becomes pure profit. It is easy to see why solar power makes perfect business sense.”