Solar panelled roof to generate 2MW

Supermarket retailer Tesco is spending around $13m to cover the roof of a distribution centre with solar photovoltaic cells. 22jan06solarit.jpg The building in the US will be capable of generating up to 2MW of power, and is believed to be the biggest of its type yet built. Solar Integrated Technologies is supplying the 46,000m² PV system, which has a total output of 2GigaWatt hours a year. The firm said:

Our BIPV roofing system at this distribution center will produce over 2.6 million kilowatt hours per annum, provide a fifth of the depot’s power supply, and save 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The image shows a 230kW roof on Coco-Cola’s Los Angeles bottling plant, also supplied by Solar Integrated Technologies.

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