Banks says new photovoltaic installation at its Canary Wharf offices makes it the tallest HQ in Europe with solar panels

HSBC has installed 617m2 of photovoltaic panels on the roof of its Canary Wharf office tower, 8 Canada Square.

8 Canada Square

This will make HSBC's UK tower, which was designed by Foster + Partners and completed in 2002, the tallest headquarters building in Europe to use solar panels, the company says.

HSBC, which in 2005 became the first major financial institution to go carbon neutral, says that the panels on the building's roof will generate electricity equivalent to that required to power 20 homes.

The 422 monocrystalline photovoltaic panels, provided by electronics firm Sharp, are designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 140 miles per hour.

Earlier this year the London Docklands tower was awarded the top BREEAM rating of 'Excellent' for its site management, the first Canary Wharf building to do so.