We are delighted to support Heritage Parts Centre with a £25,000 grant through the Community Solar Accelerator Grant Programme.

Heritage Parts Centre is a specialist VW and Porsche car parts supplier operating from their premises in Shoreham-by-Sea. They stock and supply a large range of parts and accessories for classic VW and Porsche models UK-wide and internationally.

Heritage Parts Centre have a team of over 80, who live the car enthusiast lifestyle and who bring specialist knowledge. The company has been going over 35 years and have been trading from their current location for 10 years.

They have 2 South-facing warehouse roofs with over 4,000m2 roof space which are ideal for solar panels. With the recent price hikes for electricity, solar is a promising prospect set to save a significant amount of money over its lifetime.

Heritage Parts Centre had a 173kWp solar array installed which is expected to generate over 171,000 kWh of electricity every year. This will save 40 tonnes of CO2e every year. That’s the equivalent of driving a car around the world 26 times per year.

With their operating hours mainly during the daytime, Heritage Parts Centre will make good use of the electricity generated by the solar panels.

Solar Impact in Numbers

Size or Solar PV array:  173 kWp

Predicted production of electricity:   171,000 kWh per year

Predicted cost savings: £20,000 in the first year – this is expected to increase in the following years with increased cost per kWh of electricity.

Return on Investment:    4-6 years

Grant Amount Received: £25,000

Expected lifetime of the solar PV system: 25-30 years

Carbon Reduction: 59.5 tonnes CO2e* per year

Install date: Feb 2023

*CO2e calculated with conversion factor of 0.35156kg CO2e/kWh as confirmed with the managing authority.

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