Amber Infrastructure completes installation of UK’s largest roof mounted solar panel array in partnership with Marks & Spencer
Investment will reduce carbon footprint by 48,000 tonnes over 21 years
Amber Infrastructure (Amber) has reached completion of the UK’s largest roof mounted solar panel array at the Marks & Spencer (M&S) East Midlands Distribution Centre in Castle Donington.
Amber acted as the sole funder for the project involving the installation of 24,272 PV solar panels across a rooftop site spanning 900,000 sq. ft.
The project will generate 5,000 MWh of electricity per year which will be supplied to M&S through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement. The array will generate sufficient electricity to provide twenty-five per cent of the energy required to operate M&S’s fully-automated distribution centre.
Amber and M&S worked together to provide a solution to the legal and financial obstacles that can restrict commercial property owners and tenants installing commercial-scale solar technology on real estate assets.
Tom O’Shaughnessy, Partner at Amber Infrastructure, said: “Amber is delighted to have assisted Marks & Spencer in realising its ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions. Working with M&S highlights the role that private capital can play in enhancing energy performance for commercial businesses. We look forward to replicating similar successes for private and public sector buildings.”
Amber Rudd, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said: “There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations – and this is a great example of how businesses can reap the benefits. More rooftop solar means more jobs – and will also help deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”
Hugo Adams, Director of Property at M&S, said: “The completion of this project is hugely exciting for everyone at M&S. It is the first significant step in a number of solar energy initiatives we are planning this year. The scale of the project demonstrates our ambitious goals and long term commitment to onsite renewable energy.”
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About Amber Infrastructure
Amber Infrastructure Group (Amber) is a leading international infrastructure specialist, providing asset management and investment advisory services in respect of over £4 billion of assets in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Amber’s core business focuses on sourcing, developing, advising on, investing in and managing infrastructure assets within the utilities, PPP, transport, renewable energy and regeneration sectors.
Amber provides investment advisory services to FTSE listed International Public Partnerships Limited as well as private investment funds, specialising in urban regeneration and energy efficiency, under the specialist brand Amber Green. Amber is headquartered in London with offices in Edinburgh, Munich, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco.
Amber Green is the specialist brand and team created by Amber Infrastructure to advance Amber’s work in the energy efficiency, renewable generation, regeneration and sustainability arenas. Amber Green manages three JESSICA funds on behalf of the European Union, UK Government and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
About Marks & Spencer’s “Plan A”
Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s 100 commitment eco and ethical programme that tackles both today’s and tomorrow’s sustainable retail challenges. Launched in 2007, the plan has helped M&S send no waste to landfill, become carbon neutral and win 190 industry awards. Organised around four pillars – Inspiration, In Touch, Integrity and Innovation – it aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer.
To view the asset description and short film showing how the site and the construction of the array has been compiled click here