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Custom Solar delivers award winning solar project

Chesterfield Champion Custom Solar has won a national award for its work with Associated British Ports to deliver the UK’s largest rooftop solar array.

The team scooped the impressive title of Commercial Rooftop Solar Installation of the Year at the Solar Power Portal Awards, held in Birmingham last week.

At the Port of Immingham, Custom Solar created one scheme on a 30,260m2 warehouse.  The site, which went live in April 2018, totals an impressive 4.5MW, enough to power almost 750 homes.

The awards, now in their sixth year, hosted 600 clean-energy professionals from the UK and beyond and recognised Immingham’s site, by contractors Custom Solar, best in show.

The installation, which will make a CO2 saving of almost 1,500 tonnes per annum, will see the port utilise the majority of the generated energy to power port equipment such as cranes, conveyors, lock gates and offices with a small amount being exported from site and back to the national grid.

Matthew Brailsford, Managing Director of Custom Solar said: “Solar power has quickly become the energy generator of choice for many companies across the world, however, delivering project of this scale don’t happen every day. The 4.5MW of power at the Port of Immingham is one of the largest rooftop systems in the country and required a host of high voltage upgrades to ABP’s network. I’m just so proud of every single person who made this project a reality and award winning success.”

Mark Frith, Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “It’s pivotal that businesses in our region are making a concerted effort to reduce their CO2 emissions. As the UK’s largest port by tonnage, we’re extremely proud to be able to work with professional contractors such as Custom Solar, who have enabled us to make a real difference in reducing our carbon footprint.”


Dom Stevens

Destination Chesterfield Manager

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