£100,000 photovoltaic solar array adds to company’s credentials as a sustainable business
SUSTAINABILITY has taken centre stage for concrete production equipment suppliers ConSpare, with the installation of a new 100kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array at their Nottinghamshire headquarters.
The £100,000 solar PV investment now powers the entirety of operations at the site, which is predicted to save 23.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. This equates to 21.5% of total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, in line with ConSpare’s effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
Tom Bullock, general manager of ConSpare, said: ‘We pride ourselves on continuously improving the business, particularly when it comes to our sustainability goals. It was a fantastic moment to see the installation of our new solar array, which is already making a huge dent in our Scope 1 and 2 emissions.’
This investment follows on from the business’ relocation last year to a newly designed, thermally efficient building at Castlewood Business Park, which is predicted to reduce the total annual energy consumption by 70% compared with the previous office. The new Castlewood facility also features timed LED lighting, EV charging points, and extensive planting, with 30 new trees and 200m of hedgerow around the office.
Mr Bullock added: ‘Our solar array only adds to our capabilities as a sustainable business and, ultimately, brings us one step closer to our goal of becoming as sustainable as possible. All of the improvements made recently to our office operations work harmoniously together to accelerate our journey to carbon neutrality.’
James Bullock, managing director of ConSpare, said: ‘We are on a mission to completely overhaul our brand and business operations, in an effort to help set the industry standard for sustainable concrete production. Therefore, it is important that we don’t just help other businesses to cut carbon, but that we also lead by example in all areas of what we do. Our new solar array is the perfect embodiment of that in action and demonstrates our commitment to becoming more sustainable in the long term.
‘We know that by making sustainable swaps where possible and modernizing our processes, we can make a difference. This includes, for example, our transition to paperless operations, which is saving us 32,000 sheets of paper per year. All of these actions add up, and we have been scrutinizing our ways of working from an environmental standpoint for all projects, big and small.’