Solar Power Brings Positive Results at the Port of Southampton

July 3, 2017

HARNESSING solar energy at the Port of Southampton has proved so positive there are plans to double the number of energy saving panels in situ.
Currently there are panels mounted on the roof of the Import Services facility in the Western Docks. So far solar energy has offset 935 tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of planting 24,000 trees.
ABP Southampton Environment Manager Sue Simmonite, said: “Reducing the electricity we draw from the grid means we can reduce carbon emissions.
“Our system was installed mid-way through 2014 and we are now looking at rolling it out to other buildings on the port.”
By the end of the year, other structures including passenger terminals will be fitted with solar panels as part of a strategy by the port to reduce its carbon footprint.
“We will be doubling the capacity we currently have as part of our environmental strategy,” explained Sue.
The port’s strategy includes:
• working with partners to further improve air quality in Southampton
• the roll-out of electric vehicles on the port
• and the development of cycle paths in the city

Director Alastair Welch said the port was investing in environmentally sound initiatives because it made sense for the future of the port.
“We already have some visiting car transporting ships which harness solar power to operate as many systems as possible in port.
“We are always looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and work with partners in the city and beyond to make further improvements,” he said.