About the client
Xbite is an e-commerce firm based in Chesterfield in which operates retail brands including 365Games.co.uk, Roov.co.uk, Maison & White, Pukkr and Shop4. Xbite ships products around the globe whilst also selling on multiple platforms internationally, offering a diverse product range from homeware to video games.
Drivers for the project
Xbite has been awarded a maximum value £20,000 low-carbon energy grant to help install over 270 solar panels at its HQ offices at Barlborough and warehouse at Markham Vale.
The grant was made available through the DE-Carbonise project, a collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council which offers help to SMEs seeking to lower their carbon emissions and will contribute to the total project investment of £74,000.
In face of the challenge COVID-19 has provided, we are very proud to have been able to continuously deliver successful projects like Xbite. Custom Solar’s number 1 priority was to ensure that all guidelines are followed and the health and safety of the team come first, to do this Airedale Chemicals worked alongside Custom Solar to develop a safety system that would coincide with social distancing rules, as well as wearing PPE.
A large part of the roof didn’t pass our independent 3rd party structural survey and certain sections of the roof had too low a pitch for the panels to self-clean. As such, Custom Solar designed the arrays to fit onto smaller sections of the roof with sufficient pitches.
Custom Solar installed 278 panels onto the Xbite HQ at Balborough, which will generate 74,760 kw/h per annum, enough to power 21 residential homes for the year. This solar installation will also reduce CO2 emissions by 21 tonnes per year which is the equivalent to the tailpipe emissions of 10 fossil fuel cars!
Nick Whitehead, managing director at Xbite, said: “As part of our values to innovate and invest today for tomorrow, we are investing heavily to install solar panels at our Barlborough HQ. This installation means we can look to decrease our environmental impact, with beneficial gains towards operational performance, therefore improving our overall economic performance. The DE-Carbonise Team took all the hassle away from applying for the grant and were great to work with. Solar panels will help us reduce our CO2 emissions by 20,731kg per year, and generate 74,760 kWh per year of electricity, some of which we will be able to sell back to the National Grid.”
Gary Sucharewycz, development director at Custom Solar, said: “We are delighted to be working with Xbite. Whilst we are a national developer and provider of solar systems it is great to support local projects such as this. Investing in sustainability and renewable energy projects is majorly important to the environment, good for our communities, and great for businesses wanting to make an impact by generating their own power on site, which in turn makes significant savings on their power expenditure.”
Custom Solar operate and maintain all of the systems across the Xbite HQ providing live monitoring via our bespoke monitoring solution, full reactive maintenance and annual scheduled service visits.