Solar panels plan will be step towards a greener Gunwharf

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SOLAR panels will be installed at Gunwharf Quays in order for the shopping and eating destination to save energy.

Planning permission has already been given for the scheme, which will see 300kwh photo-voltaic panels being installed on the roof of the centre.

Peter Emery, centre director at Gunwharf Quays, said it was good news for the environment.

‘This latest development is a crucial step for reducing our energy consumption,’ said Mr Emery.

‘The new installation will provide enough power to support our underground car park which has been an area we have wanted to improve for some time.

‘The car park is the second largest in Europe with 2,800 light fittings so the new solar panels will make a big difference to our energy expenditure.

‘We already recycle 99 per cent of all waste – equivalent to 3,000 tonnes – of which 40 per cent goes to an energy recovery facility to help power homes across the region.’

Gunwharf is owned by Land Securities, and will become the first centre in the nationwide development’s group to have solar panels.