Yorkshire, England-based companies GMI Renewable Energy Group, Town Centre Securities and Rex Procter & Partners have launched what is thought to be the largest city centre solar PV installation in the UK. Constructed on the roof of Clarence Dock Car Park in Leeds, the team used Solyndra modules for the project, which may well mark one of the last installations of its kind following the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the start of September.
The system is expected to supply around 15% of the car park’s electricity needs per annum, generating around 2,450,000kWh of electricity over its 25-year lifetime. A total income of £1.25m will be generated from the feed-in tariff and save around £250,000 in electricity purchase costs, based on current energy prices. The system will also save 55,000kg in CO2 emissions each year.
Ben Ziff, Managing Director of Town Centre Car Parks (TCCP) said, “GMI Renewables and Rex Procter have done a fantastic job installing the PV scheme ensuring that there has been minimal disruption to our busy 24/7 operation at Clarence Dock car park. This scheme is definitely something to be proud of as it is the UK’s largest city centre system and we are working closely with the team to look at other future opportunities.”