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Solar - so Good!

Solar - so Good!

29 October, 2018

The bumper bout of summer sun has had Viking Self Storage in Bedford bathing in bright golden sunshine, as well as in bright green as its solar installation pushes past 120,000kWh generated in just under three years.

The bumper bout of summer sun has had Viking Self Storage in Bedford bathing in bright golden sunshine, as well as in bright green as its solar installation pushes past 120,000kWh generated in just under three years.

 

The weeks of constant sunshine through June and July provided a fantastic boost to the UK’s solar generation, and Viking has seen a real benefit too. The months of June, July and August saw the system generate just under 20,000kWh of electricity; the same period in 2017 generated just under 8,000kWh, making this year 2.5 times more productive.

 

Viking had the solar PV installed on the roof of its Bedford facility in the late summer of 2015, and has been generating electricity for its own use ever since. Each unit of electricity generated by the solar system sees Viking contribute to reducing the country’s reliance on fossil fuels as an energy source.

 

“As a 24-hour business there are constant demands for electricity at our stores, from corridor lighting to lifts, electric doors and gates and, of course, all of our security systems,” said operations manager, James Merrells. “Nothing we do is high use, but add together all of the little parts, and it soon adds up. We operate stores with the most efficient equipment available at the time, but we still have a significant carbon footprint. We decided in 2015 to do something about that, and it is great to see a positive result.”

 

Following the success of solar at Viking Self Storage in Bedford, the company had a similar rooftop installed at its brand new site in Norwich, which opened in January this year, further reducing the business’s overall reliance on the National Grid for its energy provision.

 

The team at Viking are hoping for a repeat of 2018’s summer sun in years to come!

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The bumper bout of summer sun has had Viking Self Storage in Bedford bathing in bright golden sunshine, as well as in bright green as its solar installation pushes past 120,000kWh generated in just under three years.

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