London borough installs 6k solar panels

London borough installs 6k solar panels

The London Borough of Hounslow announced it has invested US$2.9 million in solar after installing 6,000 solar panels on the Western International Market’s rooftop.

Hounslow council says it is the largest array put up by a local authority and is the first by a council to adopt battery storage to maximise the power from the solar panels.

The 1.73MW array of 6,069 panels and four 60kW lithium batteries system now produces half the site’s needed electricity.

Western International is west London’s biggest wholesale market for fresh flowers and produce. It uses at least 3.5MWh of electricity to provide climate controlled facilities to around 90 wholesalers and buyers, equal to 1,750 homes per year.

“From the very beginning, this project has bene about reducing our carbon footprint and making an investment for the future,” said Charles Pipe, Hounslow’s energy manager. “But we have achieved so much more than that. Not only can we expect to see immediate savings on our electricity bills, but we are expecting to see a return on this investment in about five years.”

Hounslow council explained the system will contribute two per cent of its carbon reduction goal, slashing emissions by more than 780 tonnes a year.

It will also save around $215,000 in energy costs, in addition to $146,000 in tariff payments.