BP goes green with U Energy
In late 2012, U Energy
undertook their first installation of a solar power system
on a BP petrol station
situated along a busy main road leading into Ackworth, near Pontefract. It is estimated that the system's installation
will result in a saving of around £16,300/year.
Solar is absolutely perfect for filling stations
as electricity is being used day and night by the pumps and infrastructure. Significant savings are guaranteed. This installation was the first of it's kind that we are aware of, with special care being taken to ensure safe and secure installation through a system pioneered by U Energy
.U Energy Solar
designed, supplied and installed the entire system, operating from their base in Huddersfield
. The project saw a total of 727 square meters of solar panels
, capable of producing more than 63,300 kilowatt hours of electricity per annum, installed across the canopy and store roof of the petrol station
The project used more than a kilometer of DC cable and saw 295 panels
installed using a Schletter mounting system. The system fed 4 SMA Sunny TriPower 15,000TL inverters and a single 12,000TL, installed indoors to convert the energy
to a useful form.
During the design and consultation phase, the technical team from U Energy
asessed the forecourt and in particular the roof and canopy structure, taking wing and weather into account, to create a system that would best capitalise on the station's location.U Energy
Director Farhan Gohir says "The Ackworth BP Station
has made a huge, yet wise investment. The have made use of an existing asset - their roof space - to both create green energy and also make a significant saving on what was previously one of their largest expenses."
U Energy are now undertaking further installations with BP across Yorkshire and further afield, with a number of sites confirmed in the midlands.