Property development and investment firm British Land has installed 1,100 rooftop solar panels at its retail centre in Peterborough.
Covering the equivalent of nine tennis courts, it is said to be one of the UK’s largest retail rooftop solar project.
The solar system is expected to generate around 250,000kWh of electricity every year – enough to power 85 homes or charge 1.2 million electric cars.
British Land says 22% of the annual power demand for the centre’s common areas and car park will be met by solar energy during the summer months.
The project is expected to save 140 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Matthew Webster, Head of Wellbeing & Futureproofing said: “Serpentine Green’s solar photovoltaic system further demonstrates our commitment to future-proofing our assets – unlocking additional income streams whilst helping to protect us and our customers against risks such as increasing energy prices.
“Alongside identifying renewable sources of energy, our well established energy efficiency programme means we carefully manage our energy consumption – this programme has already delivered £13 million of gross savings for our occupiers.”