Nottingham’s forward thinking builders’ merchants John A. Stephens has burst into the ‘green’ revolution with the installation of the largest Solar Power System in the East Midlands and one of the largest installs in the country since the Governments Feed-in Tariff incentive was introduced.
A total of 441 x 220W Sharp ND series panels have been put on the roof of John A Stephens on Castle Meadow Road in Nottingham.
Peter Stephens, Managing Director of John A Stephens, approved the project after having 21 sharp solar panels on his home.
The system will generate £23,445 a year for the company through the Feed-in Tariff.
Mr Stephens said: “I had been considering using solar photo-voltaic for the last five years. It was the Government’s recent introduction of the Feed-in Tariff that made it financially viable.”
The Solar PV system will also cut John A Stephens energy bills by £3,700 a year based on current prices.
Generating enough energy to power about 17 family homes, the system has been installed in 4 weeks.
Dr Kevin Hard, Managing Director of EvoEnergy said, “The installation at John A Stephens builder merchants is the largest Solar PV installation in the East Midlands and currently one of the largest in the UK. Projects like this demonstrate how we can quickly deploy solar across our rooftops and assist Nottingham to be one of the UK’s greenest cities. We are delighted to be chosen to deliver this project – The solar installation will significantly help to reduce carbon emissions, protect from increasing fuel costs and secure a guaranteed return on investment for the next 25 years.”
Richard Barlow who is Chair of the Green Nottingham Partnership and charged with overseeing the implementation of the Nottingham Sustainable Community Strategy, visited the new installation and commented:
“One of our main objectives is to reduce Nottingham’s carbon emissions by 26% on 2005 figures by 2020. It is really encouraging to see an important supplier to the building industry and local Solar PV specialists EvoEnergy working together to contribute to a ‘greener’ Nottingham.”
Press Coverage: Builders Merchants Journal