Local Government building with a surface car park

This is a Borough Council in the UK with a number of buildings and car parks. The Council wants to reduce its carbon footprint, reduce its annual energy bills and to achieve this at minimal cost to themselves.

Covering the unused airspace above the car parking spaces with solar carports and connecting them to an intelligent hub in the main building provides a number of key benefits:

  • Instant green credentials as per the UK Governments climate change emergency
  • Generating 1.1 MegaWatts, equivalent to the energy needs of 300 homes, of clean renewable energy each year for the council buildings
  • An immediate reduction in their annual electricity bill of around £157,000, thats an estimated £2M over the life of the project!

Read the full case study. A one-page PDF

The council also have the option to add the following additional tech within the funding:

  • electric vehicle charging stations for their fossil fuel free green fleet,
  • LED lighting in and around the building, and
  • 80% more efficient CHP units for heating and ventilation.

 


 

Converting a disused airfield into a solar farm

A giant solar energy farm generating 32 Megawatts of power was installed on the site of a former RAF Coltishall base.

Working with the local council and key stake holders, RAF Coltishall has been converted by adding solar panel arrays onto the grass areas. 

Costing £50M this funded project is now . . .

  • generating enough renewable energy to power 10,000 average UK homes
  • saving 13,760 tons of CO2 per year
  • generating a guaranteed income to Norfolk County Council for 25 years

From the point of the legal agreements being completed, the project went to completion and commercial operation in just 6 weeks.


 

Airport building with a large roof

The building sits within a specialised area servicing a national airport in the UK. The structure itself and their car parking areas gave us plenty of room to play with.

The main aim from the client was to reduce their annual expenditure for electricity - one of their biggest bills to the business. Being able to do so
by using renewable sustainable energy sources was a welcome bonus for their socially responsible image - 'being seen to be green' is an excellent PR coup for the company and will certainly be pushed through their marketing division. Their instant environmental credentials came at zero cost as a result of their installation, all fully funded and at no capital cost to the client.

Read the full case study. A one-page PDFThe new energy system provides more than a third of the energy required for the entire building and generates savings of more than £3,000.00 pm from their energy bill, a reduction of £36,000 a year to spend on other things. Over the entire lifetime of their energy contract, after making adjustments for inflation, the overall savings for the company will exceed £850,000.00


 

Converting farmland into a solar farm

A 13.2 Megawatt solar farm has been installed at Three Legged Cross in Dorset UK. 

The decision to build a large solar farm here was heavily influenced by Dorset having more average sunshine than most other UK locations. This Grade 4 agricultural land, with a soil base of sand and gravel, was an ideal situation for the project.

The project’s 52,000 multicrystalline panels provide enough clean solar electricity to power 4,300 local homes for 25 years. The polycrystalline Honey module performs well in cloudy conditions and exceeds the standard requirements for snow and wind loads and is ideal for all rooftop installations..

This funded project; 

  • generates clean energy to power 4,300 homes for 25 years
  • is saving 5,676 tons of CO2 emissions per year
  • includes ongoing maintenance and services.

A multi-tenanted office building in central London

Solar was not an option for this large multi occupied office building in central London, and wind turbines would require planning permission and a lengthy period of wind testing we went down a different path. Replacement of their now old-fashioned boiler based heating system with a new, more energy efficient one-Megawatt CHP generator using natural gas means the emissions are only 20% of a standard boiler and considerably more efficient as it captures the heat in the building for further energy production. As this option is covered by our funding, the customer will save around £500,000 which can now be used for other improvements.

The funding also included all the lighting, replacing all 14,500 of the lights in the building with more energy efficient intelligent and connected LED lighting system, which, had the customer had to pay themselves, would have cost £3.5m

Read the full case study. A one-page PDFTherefore this customer  benefits from:

  • Been seen to be green by their tenants
  • Savings of £4M of capital expenditure
  • Included servicing and maintenance
  • Significantly reduced annual energy bills

 

Adding solar car parking to a Golf Club

Solar canopies have been added to Howlong Golf Clubs car park in New South Wales.

These solar powered canopies; 

  • provide protection for the vehicles and their occupants
  • generates 155,000 kWh of clean renewable energy each year for the golf club
  • is saving approximately 43 tons of CO2 emissions per year

 

Adding solar panels to a Service Station

Roof mounted solar panels have been added to a BP Service Station in Victoria Australia.

This 25kWp roof mounted project; 

  • provides cleaner greener electricity to the fossil fuel delivering service station
  • produces 38,750 kWh for the business each year
  • is saving approximately 10.75 tons of CO2 emissions per year

 

Solar canopies for a railway station car park

A 360 kWp solar PV canopy was added to the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) car park at West Hingham railway station.

This solar powered canopy which covers almost the whole car park; 

  • provides protection for the vehicles and their occupants
  • generates approximately 480,395 kWh of clean renewable energy each year for the station
  • is saving approximately 1,548 tons of CO2 emissions per year