84 Solar Panels For Plastics Products Purveyor

C&A Building Products, an independent purveyor of plastic building materials, has installed 84 solar panels on its warehouse in the next step to improve its green credentials.

The firm has been operating for 55 years across the UK.

In March last year, C&A used a local firm to install the 35-kiloWatt solar panel system with 24-kiloWatt battery storage on one of its warehouses at its Gillingham depot. Since installation, the company has been 80% self-sufficient in energy, reaching as high as 100% on some days.


 “Solar energy was something we have always considered. Everyone has to take some responsibility for the environment and as a business we should take our own fair share.”

– Darren Beaumont 

Director, C&A Building Products


Do what you can

“There are so many ways that you can reduce energy consumption such as installing LED lightbulbs and recycling,” says Beaumont. “Even if you can’t invest in something like solar panels, I think the environment is something that everyone should consider on some level.

“The solar energy we produce first charges our requirement, secondly charges the battery and once the batteries are full, anything left gets automatically exported back to the grid. Last year, we exported around 30% of our energy. The system will also use the energy in the battery before it takes any from the grid, which is great.”



Beaumont adds: “It will take us less than five years to make back our investment in solar energy. We have seen how successful the installation has been for us and have decided to expand it. We are going to install 40 additional solar panels to our second, smaller warehouse this spring.”

C&A Building Products work closely with Freefoam as a supplier of building plastics. The two companies have shared notes on environmental improvements. Freefoam is transitioning from a linear to a circular economy with a range of projects from recycling and rainwater harvesting to introducing a closed loop production process. In the UK, 100% of the electricity Freefoam uses comes from solar energy.


Picture: Solar panels at C&A Building Products.




Article written by Cathryn Ellis
11th May 2023


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