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Over 180 square metres of solar panels have been installed on the roof of HMS’ North Liverpool base. This large-scale investment in green technology will deliver a long-term supply of clean, renewable electricity as well as substantial cost savings.

The installation is part of HMS' Green Initiatives For Tomorrow (GIFT) actions that bring to life projects and changes linked to its Environmental Policy.

HMS worked with Merseyside-based SolarCrown to install 111 grid connected photovoltaic (PV) modules on the warehouse roof, together with two inverters at ground floor which convert the direct current from the PV panels into useable electricity.

The two-week project finished on 24th April and the PV was switched on the same day.

Solar power is just one way in which HMS is achieving continued improvements in environmental performance. With some of the cleanest, most efficient commercial vehicles on the market, LED lighting recently installed in every HMS building and an innovative partnership in place to recycle, rather than landfill end-of-life boilers and radiators, the focus is on sector-leading sustainability across the entire operation.

Now, the PV panels promise more big savings, both in carbon dioxide outputs and in monthly energy bills. The 25,864 kwh/year system will eliminate 11,500 kg/year in CO2 compared to traditional electricity sources and pay for itself in just 6.4 years.

The system is still very new, but initial results already show a noticeable drop in both electrical consumption and cost. Despite running for only seven days in April, HMS used 500 kwh less traditionally sourced electricity than the same month in 2017 - a saving of £700.

Commercial Director Francis Eades said, “Installing solar panels is an effective way to offset a large part of our carbon footprint, which is a key focus of our core Green Initiatives for Tomorrow initiative.”

“At HMS, we believe following socially responsible business practices is the right thing to do, which is why we invest heavily in high-performing renewables. Using a local solar company to do the work also helps to support North West jobs.”

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