Kingspan Energy has completed what is to date the U.K’s largest rooftop solar energy installation. Using more than half of a 10 megawatt (MW) supply of PANDA Series solar modules from Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE), the 5.8 MW installation was completed in the first quarter of 2014 and spans nearly 115,000 square feet.
The remainder of the Yingli PANDA modules supplied to Kingspan have been distributed to other rooftop projects throughout the U.K. that were also constructed in the beginning of 2014.
"This project serves as another milestone in developing our relationship with Yingli Green Energy, a global leader in renewable energy solutions. By leveraging our expertise in the construction industry and Yingli Solar's superior performance modules, we believe we have a robust roadmap to deliver high efficiency, low cost and low carbon building solutions across a broad range of market sectors," commented Peter Turley, Business Unit Manager of Kingspan Energy.
More than 21,000 photovoltaic panels have been fixed to the roof of Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre, with plans to increase the installation to over 6.3 MW by the end of the year. According to the multinational automotive company, the system will generate more than 30 percent of the Engine Manufacturing Centre's energy requirements. This is the equivalent to the energy needed to power more than 1,600 homes.
Trevor Leeks, the Engine Manufacturing Centre's Operations Director, said, "Our world-class facility showcases the latest sustainable technologies and innovations. The completion of the UK's largest rooftop solar panel installation here at the Engine Manufacturing Centre is just one example of this.
Solar energy in the U.K. has seen significant growth in 2014 in part because of government funding through Feed-In Tariff and the Renewable Obligation programs, according to the company statement. Renewable energy development overall has seen a great deal of support from the UK government as it strives to meet its 2020 carbon emission and green energy goals.
The UK recently announced eight major renewable energy projects as part of the government’s electricity reforms. By 2020, the projects are expected to provide up to £12 billion (US$20 billion) of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs, according to the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change.