Status: Completed

Size: 2MW

Wolseley UK, a subsidiary of plumbing and heating product distributor Wolseley plc, has installed a 2MW, 8,200 module PV array on the roof of its National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leamington Spa.

The array, covering an area of 13,113 square metres, is capable of generating enough electricity to power 450 homes.

Installed over a six-month period, the project is set to generate £6.5 million (US$10.7 million) over 20 years thanks to the UK’s feed-in tariff (FiT) for commercial buildings.

When operating at full power, the array will completely power Wolseley’s NDC while also creating a 10% energy surplus.

Steve Ashmore, managing director of Wolseley UK said: “As a business, we are committed to sustainable building. We opened the UK’s first commercial showcase for sustainable building products and construction methods, our Sustainable Building Center, in 2008. And we are continuing to lead the way by investing in the technology that we advocate. … We are already seeing some fantastic environmental and cost savings from our PV installation and I hope that our success will inspire our customers into adopting green energy solutions, due to the significant results they can achieve.”

The payback period for the project is 6.8 years, meaning that the NDC will receive free energy after seven years. Wolseley UK will also reach carbon savings of 1,280 tonnes per year.