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Landsec unveils UK’s largest shopping centre solar panel system

Landsec, the UK’s largest listed commercial property company, has unveiled the installation of the biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a retail site in the UK.

The installation, situated on the roof of the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds, will generate 680,000 kWh of power a year, enough electricity to power over 200 UK homes for 12 months.

The PV will supply 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the centre.

In its first year, the system will reduce carbon emissions at White Rose by 250 tonnes; the equivalent of over half a million miles of passenger car emissions. It consists of 2,902 individual panels, each of which measures 1.6 m².

The PV will maximise on-site renewable energy generation, reduce electricity consumption from the grid and deliver significant financial benefits to retailers based at White Rose. It forms a key part of the ongoing sustainability strategy at the centre, which includes a comprehensive bio-diversity programme alongside energy efficiency measures and a focus on reducing food waste.

Scott Parsons, Managing Director, Retail, Landsec, said: “We are extremely proud to have set a UK-wide benchmark for renewable electricity. Landsec is committed to setting and achieving ambitious sustainability targets and this is a fantastic example of how innovative thinking can benefit both retailers and the environment.

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