North East independent builders’ merchants Thompson Building Centres has installed Photovoltaic panels at its sites in Sunderland, South Shields and Durham.
The initiative will reduce not only the company’s carbon dioxide emissions but will also save it around £6000 a year in electricity costs.
Thompson has installed a 39kw system at its site in South Shields and 10kw solar systems at both Sunderland and Durham, which should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 24 tonnes per annum at the South Tyneside branch and six tonnes annually at each of the other outlets.
Last year Thompsons invested £400,000 in Volvo HGV wagons which were fitted with intelligent driving systems which monitor a range of factors including fuel consumption, with the information being used to train the drivers in more energy efficient ways of motoring when necessary.
“The installation of the PV systems is all part of our on-going commitment to working in an economical, professional and environmentally friendly way,” said Thompson’s Operation Director, Brent Ganley.