Monday, January 10, 2011

News: Ron Hull prepares for solar switch on


Ron Hull Jnr Limited, South Yorkshire's leading waste management group, is preparing to switch on Rotherham's largest and most innovative solar power generation system.

The system has been installed at the home of Ron Hull Jnr Ltd's skip hire, recycling, ferrous and non-ferrous site on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate, at a cost of £250,000.

The green initiative will generate 50,000 kWh (kilo-watt hours) of electricity each year, which is enough to power the average local house for more than a decade and a half.

The system has been designed by Durham-based Cleaner Air Solutions and will also result in CO2 savings of 42 tonnes a year.

Ron Hull Group Director Nigel Hull said: "We have been looking at solar electricity generation for some time and we decided to take the plunge three months ago.

"As one of the region's major recycling operations our green credentials are particularly important of course, and we had a decent amount of south-facing roof area on works buildings that was doing nothing. It was a bit of no-brainer.

Nigel added: "Fifty thousand kilo-watt hours won't mean that we are self-sufficient in terms of power generation but it will reduce our electricity bills – which is obviously welcome in these difficult economic and environmentally challenging times as it will reduce our carbon footprint by over 40 tonnes a year. "Every Little Helps" as they say.

"The experts tell us that, so far, relatively few industrial and commercial operations in the area have had solar power schemes installed and we would be delighted if our project prompts people in the area to have a look at this. Obviously we will be happy to share our results and experience with colleagues from other local companies in the Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield areas once the scheme is up and running."

Ron Hull Group website



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