Heimtextil: The power of cushions

Cushion manufacturer Caldeira could be exporting 1MW of renewable to the National Grid by the end of the year if it presses ahead with an expansion of its solar panel project.

The panels are part of a £3m investment in an 85,000sqft headquarters on a three acre site on the Knowsley Industrial Park, Merseyside which replaced its former rented premises. 

The roof has the capacity to house about 2,300 solar panels that would generate up to 1.2MW of electricity, which would allow Caldeira to export 1MW.

The first phase of the project, to generate 500KW of energy saw the first 292KW of capacity switched on in December and the next approximately 224KW is expected to be added in March. 

A decision is expected on installing the rest of the panels in the autumn.

The area of the site not being used by Caldeira is being developed into industrial units that will be let to other companies.

The move has allowed the company to increase production capacity to more than a million cushions a year, two-thirds of which are exported. 

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