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William Smith reduces energy costs with solar power

William Smith reduces energy costs with solar power
As part of William Smith’s ongoing commitment to energy efficiency and cost savings, the recent installation of solar panels at its Barnard Castle manufacturing site, and at its distribution warehouse at Stainton Grove, will result in an estimated saving in electricity costs of around 54 per cent a year.

“Energy Gain, of Ashton-under-Lyne, which installed the panels, seeks to make installations as efficient as possible for individual businesses,” explained William Smith General Manager, Rob Smith. “Thus, the system is designed to cover 100 percent of our electricity in the peak sunshine months, with the aim of returning as little as possible to the grid, as payback is minimal.

“So, for example, in January the panels will cover 10 per cent of our costs, and in July they’ll cover 109 per cent, with a sliding scale in between.

“We anticipate payback in around four-and-a-half to five years, and it will also help to reduce our carbon footprint,” Smith concluded.

This project is the first of a number of initiatives the company is taking to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and create further improvements in business performance.

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