The panels will enable Seddon to reduce its CO2 emissions by 21.1 tonnes each year and improves the contractors green credentials when bidding for work.
Around 200 solar panels have been mounted on the roof of the offices to produce some 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year.
Through the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, Seddon will receive income for the electricity generated and for surplus energy it exports back to the grid.
Solar Edge technology – which boosts the efficiency of the panels by up to 20% and also enables Seddon to monitor the output of each unit – is being used for the first time on a commercial project of this size.
“The PV panels will generate electricity for the Bolton office as well as enabling us to reduce the energy we use,” says Jonathan Seddon, managing director of Seddon Construction.
“Taking a proactive approach to cutting our carbon emissions in this way is a key part of our strategy as a responsible business with a strong commitment to sustainability.”