ABP Barry solar array generated 3.6 million kWh of renewable energy in its first year

August 18, 2016

Left: An aerial view of the 14,904 solar panels at ABP Barry.

Associated British Ports’ (ABP) 4.5MWp Port of Barry solar array has generated over 3.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in its first year of operating; which is enough to boil the amount of kettles required to make over 140 million cups of tea.

The solar array was officially opened in August 2015 by Jane Hutt AM and Alun Cairns MP. It represents an investment of £5 million by ABP and was built on 20 acres of brownfield port land.

ABP South Wales Director, Matthew Kennerley, said: “We’re delighted that our Barry solar array has been so successful in its first 12 months of operating. This project was designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the port and make it more competitive.”

“We are committed to the environment and the use of this solar energy to power our port operations means we have been able to further reduce the carbon emissions we produce.”

The main use for the energy generated by the solar array has been to power port operations with any surplus energy exported to the national grid.

The solar array consists of 14,904 individual solar panels that were installed between March and June 2015. The project was shortlisted for a 2015 Wales Green Energy award in the Outstanding Renewable Energy Project Category

ABP South Wales is also home to several other renewable energy projects and by the end of 2016 its five ports will be home to over 10MW of renewable energy projects.

Completed projects across ABP South Wales include a 2.3MW wind turbine in Newport, and 250KW rooftop solar array schemes at Cardiff, Newport, and Swansea. A second 2.3MW wind turbine in Newport and a 0.5MW wind turbine in Swansea are currently under construction.