Bristan Group pursues net zero with mass solar installation – Solar Power Portal

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Bristan is joining the business trend of installing rooftop solar. Image: Bristan Group

Bristan Group, a major manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom products, has successfully installed 1,666 solar panels at its head office in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

The new panels are predicted to supply the business with over 600kW/h of electricity, enough to cover around 56% of the site’s power needs. This would create mass CO2 savings of around 100,000kg each year.

The panels, each weighing 22kg, were installed on the roof of Bristan Group’s headquarters with the support of its energy partner, Evo Energy.

Paul Jones HSE and QMS and facilities manager at Bristan Group, said: “This is another impressive step in Bristan Group’s sustainability journey working towards our aspirational goal of net zero. Having led on this project, I’m delighted to see the success of the installation and look forward to witnessing its impact on our carbon emissions.

“At Bristan Group, we remain committed to reducing our impact on the environment year-on-year through energy saving and renewable initiatives. This is a huge step forward for us, but there is still work to be done.”

Businesses seek solar

With pressure to decarbonise increasing, and high energy prices continuing to bite, many major UK businesses are looking to solar as an energy solution.

In April, retail giant The Range announced it would install solar panels over 4.2 million square feet of rooftop space at its warehouse in Ashford. Just a month earlier, Manchester City football club revealed its own plans to install almost 11,000 solar modules at its City Football Academy training facility.

A major retail park in Swindon also recently received approval from the local council to install 5,000 solar panels on its roof. Business tenants of the Orbital Retail Park will be able to purchase the electricity produced by these panels, with excess power being sold back to the National Grid.

A recent round of funding from the UK government will also support around 84 major solar projects on public buildings, including ten NHS Trusts, and many more schools and academies.

Solar Power Portal’s publisher Solar Media will host the UK Solar Summit on 4-5 June 2024 in London. The event will explore the UK’s new landscape for utility and rooftop solar, looking at the opportunities within a GW+ annual market, and much more. For more information, go to the website.

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