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We’ve recently completed a rooftop solar installation at a large recycling company based in Team Valley, Gateshead.

Project Details
System Size
215.66 kWp
No. of Panels
Annual Generation
171,622 kWh’s
Co2 Emissions Avoided
36,369 kg/year

Riverdale Paper has operated in the environmental sector for over 30 years, recycling and recovering a wide range of waste resources, including paper, cardboard, plastics and wood. It operates sites in Gateshead and Durham, and its business is founded on the principle of returning waste materials to useful production, critical to the success of the transition to a Circular Economy.

The decision to invest in solar power was driven by both the company’s environmental ethos, and the need to mitigate the impact of increasing energy costs.

526 solar panels have been installed on Riverdale’s Team Valley head office and processing facility. The energy generated by the panels will make a significant contribution to the demand for power from shredding and baling equipment on site, and will also supply power to the offices and amenity facilities.

Based upon Government-approved conversion factors, the solar array is projected to avoid 36 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. It will also assist Riverdale’s customers with their Scope 3 emissions targets, by reducing carbon impact in their supply chains.

Riverdale has also invested in ARP’s Energy Management system which allows the company to monitor the generation of solar energy, and the direction of the energy once produced, whether this is utilised on site or directed back into the grid.

Jeremy Bacon, Business Development Manager at Riverdale, commented “ARP were successful in the tender process have been an excellent partner both during the project planning stage and the installation of the panels. They have always been on-hand to answer questions, and understood the importance to us of the continuity of our site operations during the installation.”

All of the solar panel designs, grid applications, project management, installations, electrical installations and commissioning was completed by the team at AR Power.

If you are considering installing solar panels to your business premises, whether it’s a roof or ground mounted system, we can help you.

Click here to find out more about our installations and process. If you would like to discuss your solar project with us, please call 0191 481 3316 or email

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