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From | Thursday 9 January 2020

The 6.5 MW project will more than double the Humber Ports’ renewable energy generation.

ABP’s solar installation making good progress on the Port of Hull.

A £6.8 million investment at the Port of Hull will see ABP install the Humber’s largest roof-mounted solar scheme.

The 6.5 MW solar scheme at the Port of Hull will more than double the Humber Ports’ renewable energy generation, increasing it to more than 12 MW, which will supply almost 29 per cent of the ports’ energy requirement.

Installations at the Ports of Immingham and Goole currently produce 4.5 MW and 1.1 MW respectively. 

Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber, said: “This solar installation is another vital step toward making our energy supply even more sustainable and even greener. It will make more use of the hybridised port equipment we have invested in to carry out port operations. 

"I’m excited to see where this green energy revolution can take us as a port operator, as we look to decarbonise further our own operations and, in turn, those of our customers and the wider supply chain.”   

The panels, which are being installed by the UK’s leading commercial solar installer, Custom Solar, will cover ABP warehouses and the engineering workshops on the Port of Hull. As warehouses are completed they will be switched on, with the entire installation set to be online and producing clean power by July 2020.

Once installed, they will save 2,600 tonnes of CO2e per annum, equating to the energy needs of 1,600 average UK homes. And upon decommissioning, the solar panels and the frames in which they sit are 100 per cent recyclable.