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The UKs largest shopping centre Photovoltaic (PV) system

The UKs largest shopping centre Photovoltaic (PV) system

​The owners of the The Galleries Shopping Centre in Tyne & Weir have announced they will install the UK's largest shopping centre photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. They say the system will comprise 1,317 individual photovoltaic panels, covering an area of 41,000 sq ft – equivalent to a professional football pitch - on an otherwise unused part of the centre. The PV system will generate around 315,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity which is enough to power 68 UK households for a year and the project will save around 165 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. As an indication of scale, one average car driven for 3,000 miles produces approximately one tonne of carbon dioxide. It is anticipated that 95-100 per cent of the electricity it produces will be consumed on site and 'sold' to the centre to repay the considerable upfront investment of its installation over time, with very little excess exported to the National Grid.

Many large shopping centres are suited to these PV renewable systems especially those with proportionately large roof areas such as those of single storey construction.

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