144 Solar PV panels have been installed on Maximillion’s warehouse

July 30, 2012 : News

It might be the wettest quarter on record but that’s not dampened Maximillion’s spirit for installing an ambitious array of solar panels on the warehouse roof of our Edinburgh office. 144 solar pv panels were installed and commissioned in July creating a 36kw system projected to generate 25,000kWh of electricity each year. The system is connected to the grid, so every watt of generated electricity we don’t use will be sold back to the grid.  Maximillion’s current consumption is just 10,000 kWh pa and so we will now be a net contributor to the grid.

The solar pv system adds to our portfolio of onsite renewables which include:

  • A 56kw biomass boiler for central heating
  • Solar thermal panels for hot water
  • Rainwater harvesting for our vehicle wash down point.

The new panels will reduce our carbon footprint to 6 tons pa from 12 tons.  This year’s 12 ton footprint has been offset withTrees4Scotland.

The investment has been funded through an Energy Saving Trustsmall business loan and will attract quarterly payments from the government guaranteed Feed In Tariff resulting in a self-financing model. Not only will we benefit from free electricity but we will generate an income which pays for the investment. Future plans to reduce our carbon footprint even further will include the use of biodiesel and in time the greening of our fleet with electric or hybrid vehicles.

The Edinburgh offices have already contributed to Maximillion winning a host of green awards including:

  • Visit Scotland Thistle Awards
  • UK Event Awards
  • National Business Awards

Maximillion is also the first Team Building and Event Managementbusiness in the UK to be accredited with Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award. As well as running a sustainable business, Maximillion has developed a range of green team building solutions which can be delivered throughout Scotland and the UK. The most popular of these environmental team building events is Eden which challenges teams to travel around the world sustainably completing environmental and cultural challenges.

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