Site Facts

Building Owner

Aldi

Location

Goldthorpe, near Barnsley

System Size

1.5 MWp Roof space

Coverage

15,000 m2

Project Type

New Build

Sector

Retail/Distribution

Completion Date

March 2014

Installation Time

under 3 months

Aldi

PROJECT SUMMARY

Due to open in 2015, the multi-million pound development, including warehouse, chilled food storage areas and office space, totalling 52,000 m2, will serve Aldi’s growing portfolio of stores.

Expected to operate 24/7, 365 days a year, the new building delivers a high performance, environmentally friendly solution, with extremely low running costs. It features a unique single envelope design by ISD Solutions and incorporates high performance insulated panels and a solar PV system from Kingspan.

ISD Solutions managing director Tony Wall says: “We have been working with Aldi across a number of in-store frozen and chilled food storage solutions and this is our first stand alone warehouse project for the Group. The range of composite panel technology incorporated in this project, together with the solar PV system, makes this a truly state-of-art warehouse structure.”

System Preformance

Both the ambient and the chilled areas of the warehouse feature roof mounted PV systems, designed, supplied and installed by Kingspan Energy.

The 1.5 MWp solar PV array covers a total area of 15,000 m2 and consists of 6,000 250 Wp modules. It will provide Aldi with 1.2 GWh of electricity per annum, further improving the energy performance of the building and reducing its running costs.

Kingspan Energy’s Commercial Manager, Aisling McArdle commented: “The new Aldi distribution centre at Goldthorpe is one of the largest solar PV installations on a cold store facility in the UK, and we are pleased to have completed it in a relatively short time frame of less than three months. Our PV systems will significantly reduce Aldi’s electricity costs on this site, ultimately contributing to their continued growth and penetration into the UK market”.

Kingspan Energy was chosen to lead the project from start to finish. Having already worked on some of the most prestigious large-scale solar PV projects in the UK, Kingspan Energy has extensive expertise in sustainable energy solutions and in-depth knowledge of the industrial and commercial roofing sector, offering an end-to-end service package, including the 25 Years combined roof & solar PV system guarantee.

The project set ambitious targets, starting from the size of the system at 5.8 MWp, covering a total area of 35,000 m2 of roof space, and a requirement to be completed in three months.