“Home improvement retail giant Kingfisher has announced (30 July) that it will install energy storage facilities at one of its B&Q distribution centres as part of its overall goal to become a net-positive business by 2050.

Kingfisher claims the 756kw installation, which will be constructed at the firm’s Swindon distribution centre to complement its 552 rooftop solar panels, will reduce the site’s grid power consumption by almost a third (31%).

Currently, around 35% of the power generated by the solar panels at the site is exported back to the grid as surplus, but the energy storage facility, which is set to be completed in September, will enable B&Q to store up to 40% of the energy generated by the PV panels and release it back to the building during periods of peak pricing or overnight.

Kingfisher currently sources 3.5MW of renewable energy to power the centre each year – mainly from the grid – but claims the new storage installation will enable the building to run without grid energy on particularly sunny days.

B&Q UK and Ireland’s chief executive, Christian Mazauric, said the installation marks “an important milestone” in the company’s overall aim to reduce its absolute carbon footprint by 90%, against a 2008 baseline.

“UK energy prices aren’t going down,” Mazauric said. “Battery energy storage will help us to better manage the energy we generate on site and will move us even closer to our sustainability goals.”

In addition to storing energy for use inside the centre, the battery installation will also power new electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the car park of the centre, which has achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.”

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