Bridgford Garden Centre
When Bridgford Garden Centre wanted to cut their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint through renewable technology, they looked to EvoEnergy to help deliver the savings that were needed.
The Nottinghamshire retailer asked their local solar installer to come up with the most suitable solution to help them achieve their green ambitions.
Taking into account the customer’s unique requirements, their location and all available unused space on rooftops that could be suitable for panels, EvoEnergy designed and fitted a 50 kWp rooftop system, spread across two buildings and over three trapezoidal steel roofs.
The 191-panel system was installed over nine days in November 2014. The four-man team of electricians and roofing experts worked in wind, rain and frost to fit the system at inclines of up to 25 degrees.
Using Renesola 250W panels – a leading panel on the market – the team worked on site with minimal disruption to the garden centre’s day-to-day operations, liaising with site managers throughout.
All deliveries were made through the rear entrance, scaffolding protection was erected prior to installation and access to the construction sites was cordoned off to the public at all times to meet health and safety regulations.
Now up-and-running, it is generating 38,430 kWh of electricity per year, giving the client substantial reductions on their energy bills and reducing their environmental impact by over 20 tonnes annually. Thanks to the success of this first array, there are now plans in place to double the size of the array in the near future during expansion plans.
Mark Kershaw, Project Manager for EvoEnergy, said:
“Trapezoidal rooftop arrays like this are reasonably straightforward for us, but we always have to make sure every base is covered. We finished on time, delivering a finished array that’s already exceeding expectations.”