M&S Abandons Its Solar Array Plans

Marks and Spencer has abandoned its plans to install a large-scale solar array system at its Bradford distribution centre.

The company opened the 1.1 million square foot building last year, and had plans to install a large number of solar panels in order to keep in line with carbon reduction targets. But following the Government’s decision to cut the feed-in tariff (Fit) rates by up to 70% for developments over 50kW, plans have now been shelved.

A spokesman for the retail giant confirmed they still have an interest in selling home energy improvements under the Government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.

“We’re interested. We already have an energy business – it’s an economic opportunity and we’re a commercial business,” said Richard Gillies, Marks & Spencer’s director of Plan A, CSR and sustainability.

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