THORLUX Lighting has added to its green credentials by unveiling a massive solar power farm on the roof of its factory in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK.
Some 909 photovoltaic panels will help power the machinery, servers and lighting at the site where it manufactures 400,000 luminaires every year.
The installation will even help charging the company’s fleet of electric vehicles.
Thorlux engineers expect the PV panels to have a high-efficiency utilisation of 99.5 per cent. They expect a return on investment in six years and an expected lifetime of at least 25 years.
The system is estimated to produce 224,470kWh of electricity per annum. Over its operational lifetime, through reduced consumption from the National Grid, the installation will deliver a total CO₂ reduction of 1,580 tonnes and financial savings of over £1million.
Thorlux has a strong track record in reducing carbon emissions. In 2009 company bosses invested in its own carbon offsetting programme, planting trees on land in Devauden, Monmouthshire, Wales to offset the carbon dioxide generated from its manufacturing and selling activities.
The company has planted 150,000 trees over the last ten years. However, even with this responsible and proactive approach, it was felt that further improvements could be made to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint.
The Thorlux factory contains energy intensive processes, such as sheet metal punching, laser cutting and forming, powder coating and LED PCB assembly lines.
The company has for many years has had an energy monitoring programme in place which is independently certified to ISO 14001.
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THORLUX’S TREE PLANING PROGRAMME:
- See Thorlux Lighting on stands J32 and E20 at this year’s LuxLive 2019, taking place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.