Is It Time To Install Solar Panels On Your Warehouse Roof?

Solar panal installation for warehouses

Where are we with solar?

Solar energy solutions for warehouses are becoming more attractive and affordable in the current economic climate. Until recently, the growth in this sector has been slow due to various supply market factors, regulations and affordability. In the UK only 5% of warehouses currently have any solar panels on their roofs. Where panels have been installed, they usually only cover 10% to 25% of the available space. The issue has been mainly about cost and financing, but prices are coming down and more investment avenues are opening.

If a third of all warehouses in the UK utilise solar generation on their roofs, they could double the UK’s solar capacity and also, deliver the entire requirement for the UK’s 2030 target. This is one of the findings from a recent research report by the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA). It highlights the potential benefits of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the nation’s warehouse rooftops.


Advantages of solar power

The case for solar is becoming more compelling. Reduced energy bills in the future are the main advantage but there are others:

•Energy security and flexibility. Electricity can be stored in batteries for later use, reserved for power outages, or sold to other users.

•More accurate budgeting as solar energy costs are not exposed to market-related price increases

•Low maintenance. PV panels have a lifespan of > 25 years

•Energy is generated during daylight hours when electricity tariffs are higher

•Supports sustainability goals. Solar contributes greatly to the reduction in the lowering greenhouse gas emissions through less use of fossil fuels. It is a contributor to your organisation’s ESG targets.

•Roof area that is not utilised in wasted space that could be monetised.

•Solar power will benefit the growth of the number of electric-driven vehicles in the warehouse.

Industrial warehouses with solar panels on the roof

The cost of a rooftop solar solution

Costs are made up of equipment, installation and commissioning. The elements include:

•The supply and installation of PV solar panels

•The supply of storage batteries and inverters


•Testing and certification of the installation

•Financing costs and insurance

•Administration costs including registration

What to consider when considering a solar solution

•Your roof designs. Some roofs are more suitable than others. South-facing is preferred. Weight is a consideration as are flat or plastic roofs.

•Your power requirement. Most of the electrical power used in warehouses is for lighting, heating, refrigeration and power for light vehicles. Solar can provide a sizable portion of your needs. Excess energy generated can be stored in batteries for use at other times or sold to the grid.

Solar panal installation for warehouses

Why Use NSI Projects?

NSI Projects have over 40 years of experience in delivering great projects for commercial buildings. We partner with leading suppliers and experts to design, procure and install practical and cost effective solutions for our customers.


Call our experts today on 0800 027 1966.

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