• Annual electricity consumption 279,000kwh
  • We installed a 133kwp roof mounted PV system (no batteries)
  • Solar generation 97,931kwh
  • Expected 90% self-use of solar generation
  • Result– Expected annual saving of £29,966, ROCE 55%, payback in 3 years
The Story

Sandicliffe Nissan/MG, a leading car showroom located in the heart of Nottingham, faced the challenge of reducing its substantial electricity costs while also committing to sustainable business practices. Operating on a commercial electricity tariff of 34p per kWh, the showroom’s annual electricity consumption reached a staggering 279,000 kWh. The need for an innovative and eco-friendly solution was paramount to align with their forward-thinking brand ethos.

In partnership with Carbon Legacy, Sandicliffe embarked on a transformative journey to harness solar energy, a step that would significantly reduce their carbon footprint and electricity expenses. The installation of a 133 kWp roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system marked a milestone in the showroom’s sustainability efforts, positioning them as a leader in environmental stewardship within the automotive industry.

The PV system’s performance was impressive, generating 97,931 kWh of solar energy annually. With an expected 90% self-use rate of the solar generation, Sandicliffe Nissan/MG could drastically reduce its reliance on the grid, leading to substantial financial savings. The shift to solar power was not only a strategic move to mitigate energy costs but also a testament to the showroom’s commitment to green energy.

The financial implications of this project were significant. The expected annual saving was estimated at £29,966, resulting from the direct use of solar-generated electricity. This remarkable saving, coupled with a Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) of 55% and a payback period of just 3 years, highlighted the efficiency and profitability of investing in solar technology.

This case study serves as a powerful example of how businesses in the automotive sector can drive sustainability while achieving substantial economic benefits. Sandicliffe Nissan/MG’s initiative to integrate solar power into their operations not only sets a precedent for the industry but also reflects their commitment to a greener, more sustainable future.