Solar panels installed in Portsmouth
Wed, 30 May 2012
Following the introduction of Government incentives for the
installation of renewable energy systems, Colas was keen to assess
the potential for utilising solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in
support of our sustainable development strategy.
After consideration, our office at Portsmouth was selected
as an ideal location for the installation of the solar panels.
Photovoltaic panels use sunlight to produce electricity which is
then fed directly into the office's supply. The size of the system
installed in Portsmouth will contribute significantly to the
electricity requirements of the office throughout the year, and any
unused energy will be fed back into the National Grid.
This initative demonstrates Colas' continuing commitment to
minimising our impact on the environment, and we anticipate savings
of over 20 tonnes of CO2 per year (which in real terms should
result in an energy saving of around £5000).
Colas Engineering Manager, Mike Taylor, who worked on the
project commented on the benefits of the PV system saying: "By
generating renewable energy we have not only considerably reduced
our CO2 emission, which was our main drive, but we also have the
benefit of substantially reducing our energy costs for today and