Committed to developing its business sustainably, solar PV will enable Covers to meet a significant proportion of its own energy needs. Importantly, the installations form part of a wider commercial relationship with Azur Solar. Each branch will operate as an Azur reference site, allowing Covers to promote the financial and practical advantages delivered by solar PV systems to its customers. Covers will also market Azur Solar Power Kits to its customers so that they can also reap these benefits.
A total of 678 kWp is due to be installed across seven sites which is expected to generate approximately 600,000 kWh annually, through over 2,500 solar PV panels. The CO2 saving is estimated to be 50 per cent of Covers’ current CO2 emissions from electricity, the majority of which Covers requires for lighting, general business systems and powered saws. Surplus electricity generated by the rooftop solar systems will be fed back into the National Grid, delivering a further financial return on the investment.
“We are delighted to have chosen Azur Solar as our partner to develop Covers’ solar PV potential both as an investment on our branch roofs and in helping us to promote the benefits to our customer base. 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,” explained Rupert Green, finance director at Covers.
Due to the seaside location of several of its branches and the possible issue of sea salt covering the panels, Covers opted for Azur panels that include its self-cleaning, self-healing 2P coating. The Azur 2P transparent coating is said to help achieve a 5 per cent increase in output efficiency for the panel plus Azur guarantees that module degradation will be reduced to typically less than 2 per cent over the first 20 years of the systems’ lifespan. The company says that this represents a major improvement on the industry standard guarantee of 20 per cent degradation over 25 years.
“This is a significant contract for Azur Solar as it not only means that we will deliver a number of installations over the coming months, but through our continued relationship with Covers, we will together promote the environmental and economic benefits that a solar PV system delivers to a wider audience,” stated Robert Markus Feldmann, managing director, Azur Solar. “Our 2P coating on these panels also means that, unlike some competitive solutions, an Azur installation will continue to consistently perform with negligible deterioration in the panel or overall system performance. This maximises energy production by yielding significantly more kWh and thus provides superior return on investment over its operational lifespan.”