Associated British Ports (ABP) has unveiled a commercial rooftop solar array based at the Port of Hull.

Considered to be the UK’s largest commercial rooftop solar array, it will generate 6.5MW of energy, which is more than double of the renewable energy generation from ABP Humber Ports.

The investment of £6.8m is expected to save 2,600t of CO₂ a year, which equates to the power demands of 1,450 average homes in the UK.

ABP Humber director Simon Bird said: “This has been a huge project for ABP and our appointed contractor, Custom Solar, to undertake. I’m delighted that the Port of Hull now holds the accolade of the UK’s largest, commercial rooftop array. Our ambition is to keep reducing the emissions that port operations generate by implementing a mix of clean energy production and investing further in hybridised port equipment.

“Every bit of effort and investment to lower our carbon footprint contributes to the region’s environmental targets. This scheme and others like it also help to secure ABP’s energy supply, making great commercial and environmental sense.”

Although Custom Solar began solar panel installation in October 2019, the project had already been in the planning stage for several months.

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In August, the 21,000 solar panels were installed. The panels are powered by 49 global solar specialist FIMER’s PVS-100-TL 100kw inverters and three PVS-50-TL 50kw inverters.

Custom Solar managing director Matthew Brailsford said: “It’s another proud moment for the Custom Solar team and our client, Associated British Ports, as we deliver yet another iconic rooftop solar system. Obviously, this one is in a very special bracket all on its own being the UK’s largest.

“With carbon reduction, CSR and keen financial savings on the agenda of all large corporations during such a challenging time, we see solar as the perfect fit. The future is solar-powered, and we are glad to be leading the way.”

Renewable energy projects are now attached to 17 of ABP’s 21 ports.

In January, ABP outlined its commitment to accelerate green energy generation and storage for its port operations, as well as for new manufacturing sites in their ports.