Yearsley Group, the cold storage and distribution provider, has installed 26,000 sq ft of solar panels on the roof at its Heywood cold store in Rochdale.
The photovoltaic system is capable of generating 310,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, or 10% of its annual usage.
The panels were installed on the southern elevation by Bury-based Solar Choice, which also installed a similar roof at a Yearsley plant in Derbyshire at the same time. Yearsley plans to fit either solar or wind power at other depots around the UK.
Harry Yearsley, managing director of Yearsley Group, said: "Cold storage by its nature requires a large energy input and, with fuel prices increasing on an almost daily basis, any measures we could employ to create our own electricity would be welcome. Solar PV panels were the natural solution for the group as it makes sense to use the large exposed surface area of the warehouses to generate sustainable electricity. Hopefully these will be the first of many renewable projects that will help us to meet our carbon reduction commitments. It also coincides with our implementation of ISO 14001, the environmental management standard and ISO 26000, the international standard guidelines for social responsibility."
Yearsley was advised by Indigo Planning.