YORKSHIRE-based contractor GMI Construction Group has launched a new business focusing on solar energy for commercial properties.
The company, which is constructing the Kirklees College campus at Chapel Hill in Huddersfield, has set up GMI Renewable Energy Group – and kicked things off with a string of solar panel installation projects for clients Town Centre Securities and Pavers Shoes.
The completed systems so far total over 250kW, which includes a roof-mounted system at Pavers Shoes’ state-of-the-art head office and distribution centre in York and the largest Solyndra system in the UK on the Clarence Dock in Leeds for Town Centre Securities and British Waterways.
The system at Pavers boasts 432 solar panels comprising the 100Kw system installed across the 735 square metre roof on Northminister Business Park in York.
The combined systems will generate about 5,000 Mwh of electricity over the 25 year feed-in tariff period.Š
A total income of £1.65m will be generated from the feed-in tariff and save the businesses about £450,000 in electricity based on current energy prices.
Leeds-based GMI is now in negotiations for several megawatts sized schemes with a range of clients which are looking to be rolled out in the coming months.