The Port of Workington (pictured) will now be powered by renewable energy as a new solar system has been installed on its roofs.
The 50kWp (kilowatt peak) system includes 200 photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate 38,440kWh of electricity in the first year.
The project is part of the Cumbria County Council-owned port’s on-going £5.7 million regeneration programme, jointly funded by Britain’s Energy Coast, Nuclear Management Partners and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Martin Cotterell, Founder and Technical Director at Sundog Energy, which installed the panels said: “With payback for a system like this expected in little over seven years and a projected IRR of around 15%, solar PV is a really compelling proposition for any business at this time. It makes perfect sense for other businesses in the area to follow the port’s lead and capitalise on their roof spaces, start saving money and help turn the region into one of the most energy-efficient in the country.”
The Port handles around 300,000 tonnes of cargo per year and is also used by the offshore wind industry who undertake their operations and maintenance from the site.