A 105kWp solar PV system has been installed on the roof of the NEWS waste recovery facility at Costessey near Norwich. After evaluating a number of different renewable energy technologies, The Norse Group Board gave the green light to install the £300,000 system in April 2011 as the 6000m2 south-facing roof was ideally suited to benefit from solar PV technology.                          

The 105kWp system is expected to generate around 80,000kWh of energy per year, saving the site around £32,000 a year in utility costs as well as a carbon reduction of over 40 tonnes per annum.

Paul Cockaday, Strategic Carbon Manager, said: “The site uses a lot of electricity and this solution was a very good fit for us bringing together waste recovery and renewable energy. Plus the facility at Costessey has a very large roof space that faces due south. What also proved invaluable was we were able to provide most of the technical services in house.”