UKWA to host inaugural Solar Showcase

UKWA CEO Clare Bottle

The UK Warehousing Association is holding the first ever Solar Showcase on September 7.

The event is being held at Howard Tenens Logistics’ warehouse in Swindon with a key focus on installation of solar power to warehouse rooftops. 

UKWA member Howard Tenens has had solar PV installed and will share with delegates the challenges it experienced along the way as well as the benefits to date.

At the event, UKWA will be launching a new legal guidance note from Weightmans, which explains some of the contractual considerations for occupiers of leased warehouse properties when entering a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). 

PPAs and other financial models will be explained by an expert panel.

Other speakers will include representatives from trade bodies Solar Energy UK and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, who will also answer questions from the audience, while Clegg Gifford will explain the insurance requirements relating to installation of solar PV, and leading technical specialists will compare and contrast the benefits of different solar technologies. 

Every UKWA member who attends will receive a copy of UKWA’s industry-leading Solar Toolkit, with step-by-step guidance to help plan a rooftop solar project.

UKWA CEO Clare Bottle said: “Only 5% of UK warehouses have solar panels on the roof, yet as our landmark report showed, collectively warehouses have enough roof-space to double the UK’s capacity for renewable energy from solar power and help the country achieve its net zero ambitions. 

“While energy costs remain painfully high and demanding customers are expecting a reduction in their warehouses’ carbon footprint, now is the perfect time to explore how a solar panel installation project could benefit your business.” 

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