As energy costs continue to rise, a lot of focus is being put on reducing energy usage to reduce costs and, while this is somewhat obvious and a laudable goal to protect natural resources, many people - including commercial building operators - are understanding that there are also cost savings to be had through using the same amount of energy more intelligently - over and above any savings due to reduced usage.
The roofs of warehouses, for example, are increasingly being fitted with solar panels to provide photovoltaic (PV) energy for the building. At Prologis we have long recognised the benefits of providing sustainable, low carbon energy for our tenants, whilst adding value to our buildings.
As PV is integral to Prologis’ energy strategy, our buildings are designed and built in such a way that the roofs support up to 25 kg/m2 of loading which is considerably more capacity than is needed for a full PV installation. As an example, a 151,000 sq. ft warehouse at Prologis Park Marston Gate, Milton Keynes has a 100 kWp grid-connected solar PV array that generates around 92,300 kWh of electricity for the tenant.