Humber port now running from solar power after £1m project
Simon Bird, regional director for ABP Humber
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Feb 2019
A busy Humber port can now run entirely off green energy after a £1m project to install thousands of solar panels was completed.
The Port of Goole, which handles around two million tonnes of cargo every year, can now produce enough electricity to power more than 150 residential homes.
More importantly, the 4,341 solar panels fitted to four rooftops at the docks, run by Associated British Ports, will at peak times be able to power the entire site.
ABP Humber director, Simon Bird, said: "This is a real green milestone for the Port of Goole, as the first time in history, it has the capability of running exclusively from clean, solar electricity.
"This extensive project wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of all of those involved in delivering this during inclement weather, to make sure we are ready to make the most of key generating periods.
“This is an exciting time for ABP, as we continue to pave the way for a greener future.”
The major 14-week project saw the installation of 4,341 solar panels across four rooftops, creating enough electricity during peak generation times to run the Port of Goole solely from clean energy.
It will produce enough electricity (1.1 megawatts) to power around 154 residential homes per year. Any surplus energy supplies will be exported to the National Grid.
The project will also reduce CO2 emissions from the port by over 450,000 kilograms every year – an equivalent of planting over 20,000 trees.
Leading commercial solar installer, Custom Solar, completed the installation in Goole.
The Port of Goole (ABP)
Gary Sucharewycz, director, said: “We are delighted to have delivered another successful project for ABP and our second across the Humber region.
“Across ABP’s ports, this takes the total to over 6 megawatts that we have delivered in the last 12 months alone, with further projects being developed.”
Britain’s biggest ports operator, ABP, is on track to become one of the largest corporate solar producers in the UK.
Recently, the Port of Immingham upped its solar production to over 4MW and was recognised for its green efforts at the Solar Power Portal Awards, winning Commercial Roof Top Solar Project of The Year 2018.
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The Port of Goole handles a wide range of dry bulks at a number of its terminals, including Caldaire Terminal, South Dock Terminals, Ouse Dock, West Dock and Stanhope Dock.
Bulks handled include animal feed, biomass, cement, cereals, clay products, construction materials, scrap metal, solid fuel and timber.