Solar PV will enable Covers to meet a large proportion of its own energy needs. Each Covers branch will operate as an Azur reference site, allowing Covers to promote the financial and practical advantages delivered by solar PV systems to customers. Covers will also market Azur Solar Power Kits.
The seven sites with 2,500 solar PV panels will have 678kWp and are expected to generate approximately 600 000kWh annually. The CO2 saving is estimated to be half Covers' current CO2 emissions from electricity.
The majority of electricity Covers requires is for lighting, general business systems and powered saws, however surplus electricity generated by the rooftop solar systems will be fed into the National Grid, delivering a further financial return on the investment."
Rupert Green, finance director at Covers, says: "As well as being a good financial investment for us, the estimated saving of over 250-tonnes of CO2 each year is important in helping us play our part in mitigating climate change."
Covers branches will have an Eco Display for sustainable products. As part of its approach to sustainability, Covers is replacing lighting with much higher efficiency solutions and is encouraging cycling to work with interest free loans. It is also changing its waste management system to maximise recycling.