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Bury St Edmunds store to be powered by the sun

Solar panels are lifted onto the roof of Glasswells in Bury. ANL-140317-184705001

Solar panels are lifted onto the roof of Glasswells in Bury. ANL-140317-184705001

Furniture store’s green initiative continues as 20,000 sq ft of solar panels are installed on building.

Glasswells is investing in nearly 1,000 solar panels which will be installed on the south facing slopes of its Bury St Edmunds store over the forthcoming weeks.

The first panel was installed on the store, in Newmarket Road, on Monday.

Paul Glasswell, managing director, said: “The panels, should generate up to 250kw of energy, which will significantly reduce the amount we consume from the national grid.

“We have another large store in Ipswich and a 76,000 square foot warehouse on the east side of town, which could both be considered for the same sort of thing in the future.

“This is a large investment for the company, however the long term benefits to the environment and the reduction in our carbon footprint over the next 30 years, are certainly worth the initial outlay.”

Glasswells began its green initiative last year installing led lighting throughout its showrooms.

The low voltage lighting dramatically cut Glasswell’s electricity bills which will be further cut by the panels.

The combination will come close to negating the company’s energy costs through energy provided by the panels and the contribution of the feed-in tariff.

 

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