Sun shines on BL in Peterborough

Published:  09 August, 2017

British Land has installed 1,100 solar panels at Serpentine Green

The 337,000-sq ft Serpentine Green regional retail centre in Peterborough has unveiled one of the UK’s largest retail rooftop solar projects. Covering 19,500 sq ft, the solar photovoltaic system will generate about 275,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power 85 homes for a year or drive an electric car 1.2 million miles.

During the summer months, 22 per cent of the annual electricity demand for the centre’s common areas and car park will be met by solar energy. Annually this is expected to save 140 tonnes of CO2 annually, equivalent to taking 2,155 cars off the road.

Matthew Webster, head of wellbeing & futureproofing for British Land, said: “Serpentine Green’s solar photovoltaic system further demonstrates our commitment to future-proofing our assets – unlocking additional income streams whilst helping to protect us and our customers against risks such as increasing energy prices. Alongside identifying renewable sources of energy, our well established energy efficiency programme means we carefully manage our energy consumption - this programme has already delivered £13m of gross savings for our occupiers.”

Syzygy Renewables managed the project on behalf of British Land and Solar Advanced Systems was the contractor.

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