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Mark Group (Posted 29.03.14)

UK’s largest solar PV installation is installed.

A roof area of 13,113m² - roughly the size of two football pitches - has been covered in 8020 JA Solar Polycrystalline panels, along with accompanying Fronius inverters.

Mark Group has installed eight thousand solar panels on the roof of Wolseley UK’s National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Leamington Spa, capable of generating enough electricity each year to supply around 450 homes*.

A roof area of 13,113m² - roughly the size of two football pitches - has been covered in 8020 JA Solar Polycrystalline panels, along with accompanying Fronius inverters, at Wolseley UK’s head office site.

The installation, carried out over a 6 month period including preparation, is rated at just over 2 mega-watts and could generate £6.5 million over 20 years under the Government’s Feed In Tariff (FIT) for commercial buildings. Over a year the system should generate more energy than is consumed at Wolseley UK’s National Distribution Centre along with a surplus of around 10%.

Chris Roberts, head of solar, Mark Group said: “The rise in energy prices and the levelling off of installation costs means that 2014 is a sweet spot for businesses installing solar PV.

“The Government’s Feed In Tariff continues to fall slowly, so now is the time to invest in solar to obtain the best payback.

“Wolseley’s investment in this installation should be completely repaid in around 7 years, which means the NDC will receive free energy thereafter. Wolseley UK will also achieve carbon savings of around 1280 tonnes per year, helping to improve the Leamington Spa site’s environmental performance, which is already rated by BREEAM as ‘very good’”.


Steve Ashmore, Managing Director, Wolseley UK said: “As a business, we are committed to sustainable building. We opened the UK’s first commercial showcase for sustainable building products and construction methods, our Sustainable Building Center, in 2008. And we are continuing to lead the way by investing in the technology that we advocate.

“We are already seeing some fantastic environmental and cost savings from our PV installation and I hope that our success will inspire others to adopt green energy solutions, due to the significant results they can achieve.”


The installation incorporates various innovations and one such innovation is to channel some of the exhaust air from the inverters into the building’s heating systems to further reducing the building’s carbon emissions.

Mark Group Wolseley solar PV installation