ABP unveils new solar PV set up at Port of Hull

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ABP unveils new solar PV installation at Port of Hull

Associated British Ports (ABP) has unveiled a commercial rooftop solar array in Hull Harbor.

Considered the UK’s largest commercial rooftop solar array, it will generate 6.5 MW of power, which is more than double the renewable energy generation from ABP Humber Ports.

The £ 6.8m investment is expected to save 2,600 tonnes of CO₂ per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of 1,450 average households in the UK.

Simon Bird, Director of ABP Humber, said, “This has been a large project for ABP and our contractor, Custom Solar. I am delighted that the Port of Hull has now been named the UK’s largest commercial rooftop array. Our goal is to further reduce the emissions caused by port operations by implementing a mix of clean energy generation and further investing in hybridized port equipment.

“Every effort and every investment to reduce our carbon footprint contributes to the environmental goals of the region. This and similar programs also help to secure the energy supply of ABP, which makes very good economic and ecological sense. “

Although Custom Solar began installing solar modules in October 2019, the project had been in the planning phase for several months.

The 21,000 solar modules were installed in August. The modules are powered by 49 global PVS-100-TL 100 kW inverters and three PVS-50-TL 50 kW inverters from FIMER.

Matthew Brailsford, General Manager of Custom Solar, said, “It is another proud moment for the Custom Solar team and our customer Associated British Ports as we deliver another iconic rooftop solar system. Obviously this one is in a very special category as it is the largest in the UK.

“With CO2 reduction, CSR and significant financial savings on the agenda of all large companies in such a challenging time, we see solar as the perfect solution. The future is solar powered and we look forward to showing the way. ”

Renewable energy projects are now connected to 17 of ABP’s 21 ports.

In January, ABP announced its commitment to accelerating the generation and storage of green energy for port operations as well as new manufacturing facilities in their ports.

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