ABP has announced it is to invest almost £7m at the Port of Hull to install the region’s biggest roof-mounted solar project.
The leading port operator last year completed a similar scheme at its site in Goole, which is now capable of producing up to 1.1MW of clean energy.
ABP has now committed to installing a similar development at the Port of Hull.
Once completed, the 6.5MW scheme will more than double the Humber Ports’ renewable energy generation.
Simon Bird, director at ABP Humber, said: “This solar installation is another vital step toward making our energy supply even more sustainable and even greener.
“It will make more use of the hybridised port equipment we have invested in to carry out port operations.
“I’m excited to see where this green energy revolution can take us as a port operator, as we look to decarbonise further our own operations and, in turn, those of our customers and the wider supply chain.”
The panels, which are being installed by the UK’s leading commercial solar installer, Custom Solar, will cover ABP warehouses and the engineering workshops on the Port of Hull.
As warehouses are completed they will be switched on, with the entire installation set to be online and producing clean power by July 2020.
Once installed, the solar panels will save 2,600 tonnes of CO2e per annum, equating to the energy needs of 1,600 average UK homes.
Gary Sucharewycz, development director at Custom Solar, said: “In order for this project to be sanctioned, an incredible amount of work has taken place, working with ABP and the DNO Northern Powergrid.
“It has been a fantastic achievement by all involved and has ensured this project was able to progress to fruition.”
Currently, installations at the Ports of Immingham and Goole produce 4.5 MW and 1.1 MW respectively. . . .
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