Port giant ABP is making waves in solar as huge sheds offer ideal energy solution
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Dec 2017
ABP has unveiled plans to deliver one of the biggest roof top solar installations in the UK, in Immingham.
The port giant is installing 20MW of solar arrays across 1.4 million sq m of covered storage space nationwide, and it will make it one of the highest generating corporate solar power producers in Britain.
A total of 23,000 sq m has been identified across multiple warehouses at Immingham, Britain’s biggest port, with the project underway now. It is one of two locations set to go live by March 2018, together totalling 4.5MW.
Once complete, the investment could see ABP’s 21 ports home to 100,000 solar panels generating up to 22,400,000kWh of clean electricity each year – enough to boil more than 1.12 billion kettles.
It represents a 250 per cent increase on its existing 8MW capacity.
Electricity generated will power port operations for ABP and its customers, with excess power fed into the National Grid.
Chris Garton, ABP’s director of asset management, said: “Renewable energy is at the heart of this business. Not only do we play a vital role in the thriving UK offshore wind sector but our business is increasingly a significant renewable energy generator in its own right.
“We are confident that this is just the beginning for ABP. We still have significant potential to further develop our ports to generate yet more clean energy, further reducing the carbon footprint both of our business and of our customers’ operations.”
ABP has a three-year solar installation framework agreement with Chesterfield-based Custom Solar.
Gary Sucharewycz, director, said: “The scale of this investment in solar arrays will make ABP one of the largest UK generators and users of solar energy.
“They have recognised not only the benefits of minimising the impact of operations on the environment but the value in the security of energy supply that solar offers.”