Press Release

SCC and Conrad Energy to install solar panels on Birmingham data centre

Thu 3 Aug 2023

SCC has announced a partnership with Conrad Energy to install solar panels at its flagship CV1 data centre facility in Birmingham. The move is part of SCC’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint.

The 737kWp roof-mounted solar-PV system will provide a significant amount of renewable energy to the data centre, reducing the amount of electricity that needs to be sourced from traditional energy sources. The panels are installed on the roof of the CV1 facility, and will create 130 tonnes of carbon savings in the first year.

Paul Southall, Head of Sustainability and Projects at SCC, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Conrad and successfully installed solar panels at our CV1 data centre facility. Using renewable energy to power our operations is an important step forward in our ongoing sustainability efforts. This development will not only benefit SCC, but also the environment and the wider community.”

SCC has already implemented a number of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. This new partnership with Conrad will further enhance SCC’s sustainability efforts, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to using renewable energy sources wherever possible.

It also aligns with Rigby Group’s – SCC’s parent company – ambition to decarbonise operations across its entire portfolio, with a target to become net zero by 2040. Rigby Group has recently launched Project Sequoia to progress this important work.

“Data centres account for around 2% of all global carbon emissions. This landmark green energy project is the latest step in decarbonising our Group operations, demonstrating our commitment to a greener future and achieving Net Zero by 2040. The project feeds directly into two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which we promote as a part of the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative,” added Southall.

Additional benefits to SCC include lower operating costs due to significant savings on energy and price certainty amid energy price volatility. It also allows green credentials to be passed on to its UK data centre customers.

The installation of the solar panels has been completed and will make a significant contribution to reducing SCC’s carbon footprint. The company is committed to continuing to explore new ways to reduce its environmental impact, and to using renewable energy sources.

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