Oxford, 21 November 2016 ~ CTG, a Banbury-based site of UTC Aerospace Systems, is now host to the UK’s biggest community-owned rooftop solar array.
At 712kW, the 2590 panel project will generate 593,304 kWh of clean electricity every year -- enough to power 150 homes -- and avoid 5800 tonnes of CO2 over the 20 years of the project’s lifetime.
The project is owned and developed by Oxford-based social enterprise Low Carbon Hub and designed and installed by Solarcentury.
Tim Crisp, Business Manager at Low Carbon Hub said:
“What made this project work in the context of massive solar subsidy cuts, was Collins Aerospace CTG’s corporate goals for carbon reductions and their willingness to see the social and environmental value of our community benefit model.”
Collins Aerospace's goal is to be the greenest aerospace company in the world. CTG is one of Collins Aerospace’s 126 manufacturing sites around the world. Their Singapore facilities installed solar panels in 2015, reducing emissions by 2000 metric tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of 1 million kg of coal burned.
John England, Site Director, Collins Aerospace CTG said:
“Our business is at the forefront of aerospace innovation and technology. We’re working on next generation aircraft that will enable greener flight. What we do inside our factory is reflected in what we do outside. Using our roof space to generate clean energy whilst also helping the local community is a win-win for us all.”