Selco goes solar

Selco Builders Warehouse has made further progress on its sustainability journey by undertaking a major installation of solar panels at a branch for the first time.

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Selco’s Barking branch has benefitted from the installation of more than 220 solar panels, which is already generating up to 40 per cent of the branch’s energy usage. In addition, a new recycling policy is being rolled out across the entire branch network before Christmas, including the introduction of specialist timber skips.

Craig Ducker, head of operational projects and business services at Selco, said: “Alternative energy sources and a strong and robust recycling strategy are two key areas of our sustainability blueprint.

“The solar panels were installed in Barking in late September and, despite not having the greatest weather conditions since installation, the early indications are that around 35-40 per cent of the electricity used in the branch is being generated through the solar panels.

“In the first week of having the solar panels installed, we saw a 46kgs reduction in carbon emissions. We will continue to monitor this trial but the long-term hope is that we can ultimately extend the concept across the wider Selco estate.”

The panels were fitted by Amelio Solar Panels with SolarEdge providing the web portal for real-time monitoring.

Meanwhile, new recycling strategy trials have been successfully completed in five Selco branches, Milton Keynes, Cricklewood, Hanger Lane, Swansea and Cardiff Handfield Road. As a result of the trials, timber skips are to be introduced to all branches for any broken, offcut timber, fence panels, MDF and chipboard. New 1,100 litre wheelie bins for general waste will also be in branches while all cardboard and plastic will be returned to Selco’s Lightside Distribution Centre in Oxford for recycling. Specific plans for the recycling of pallets, electrical waste and hazardous waste have all been developed.

Ducker added: “The new recycling strategy is all designed around making it easier for our colleagues to do the right thing.

“The type of waste created in our branches is varied so we have ensured we have communicated in detail through a new recycling manual exactly what should happen with any waste generated.

“One of the most pleasing elements of the trial was that colleagues were extremely eager to follow the correct recycling procedures so we are confident our new guidance and processes will make a huge difference.”

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