Earlier this week an announcement was made that the UK’s largest shopping centre, White Rose in Leeds, was to become powered by Solar PV. Landsec, also the UK’s largest listed commercial property company, unveiled the installation of the biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a retail site in the UK.

The installation, situated on the roof of the shopping centre, will generate 680,000 kWh of power a year, enough electricity to power over 200 UK homes for 12 months. The PV will supply 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the centre. It is claimed the system will reduce carbon emissions at White Rose by 250 tonnes – the equivalent of over half a million miles of passenger car emissions. The solar panel system itself consists of 2,902 individual panels, with each one measuring 1.6 m².

Scott Parsons, Managing Director of Retail at Landsec, said: “We are extremely proud to have set a UK-wide benchmark for renewable electricity.

“We are committed to setting and achieving ambitious sustainability targets and this is a fantastic example of how innovative thinking can benefit both retailers and the environment.”

Landsec is the UK’s largest listed commercial property company, with 23.2 million sq ft of real estate and a portfolio valued at £14.4 billion.

Boston Renewables wholeheartedly welcome and applaud this announcement from Landsec. The UK’s solar industry has taken a real battering at the hands of the politicians and the news from White Rose sends a clear message that solar remains viable. Despite reduced subsidy, simple ROI’s for solar are typically in the mid teens and the levilised cost of energy is sub 4p / kWh.

If it’s good enough for our country’s largest shopping centre then it must surely be a wise choice also for all other commercial users of electricity!

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