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Energy supplier plugs into solar savings across UK estate

Solar installation on npower’s Didcot Power Station

An ongoing commitment to reduce its carbon emissions has seen energy company npower install solar PV panels across eight of its key UK sites.

Approximately 200 photovoltaic panels, which generate a total of 50kW of electricity, were installed at each site.  The installations ensure that the range of buildings, from one of npower’s power stations at Little Barford in St Neots, to one of its main call centres in Houghton-le-Spring, just outside Sunderland, will benefit from reduced carbon emissions.

The new technology will help npower achieve its target of reducing the carbon emissions from its offices by 38% by 2014.  It will also allow the utility company to generate electricity during daylight hours and export any that is unused back to the Grid, thereby saving both energy and costs. The solar PV is already having an impact on the amount of electricity the offices are taking from the Grid for power. Birch House, an npower office in Oldbury in the West Midlands, which houses around 500 employees has already seen a 16% reduction in power used from the Grid when compared to the previous year thanks to the solar PV and other measures implemented across the site.

The installation of solar PV technology is part of the company’s wider commitment to energy saving; other measures include the installation of energy efficient air conditioning units, motion sensor lighting and new recycling facilities.

Dave Horton, property sustainability and capital investment manager from npower, commented: “npower is committed to reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint of our sites.  This project is designed to help us meet these aims. It is great to see the significant results achieved already at Birch House and across our other sites.”

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