M-Sport has been granted planning permission to enable work to begin on Cumbria’s largest solar energy plant on the roof of their state-of-the-art workshop at Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth.
The planning permission was granted at the end of last week and the project will help secure M-Sport’s future energy needs by designing and installing the most efficient Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems available to generate clean and efficient electricity.
The plant will see 850 monocrystalline photovoltaic (PV) panels fitted to the workshop roof at M-Sport’s Dovenby Hall. After considering the options, M-Sport decided roof-panels would be the best option – both for their subtle appearance and for their high performance levels.
The project has both economic and financial benefits for M-Sport - it reduces the company’s carbon footprint and contributes to the Government target of achieving 15% of total energy in UK derived from renewable resources by 2020. The project will also benefit M-Sport financially, saving the company approximately 10% from its energy bills per annum.
As a business, M-Sport is conscious of its CO2 emissions and the scheme will reduce the company’s carbon footprint saving 80,000 kg of CO2 emissions per annum, reduce its reliance upon fossil fuels and generate clean ‘green’ electricity.
Installation and commissioning takes approximately four weeks to complete and work will start immediately. The plant is expected to be up and running by the start of August.
M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“M-Sport has been working on a series of initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint for some time and we carried out a wide-ranging review of the options and project partners. Following that consultation period we settled on a package that will not only help us to become more efficient within our day-to-day business right away, but will continue to meet our energy needs in an environmentally friendly way in line with our future plans to grow the company. The project is a landmark one for our region, and we are also delighted to be able to push forward in pioneering clean, green energy within our sector. It has been an exciting project for us and very much in keeping with our goal of using the very latest technology to drive success both within motorsport and in other areas of our business.”
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