Harvey Hadden Leisure
In August 2015, EvoEnergy installed the UK’s largest solar carport (at the time of installation) for Nottingham City Council at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, turning their otherwise regular car park into a source of renewable energy generation. Generated energy is immediately available to use onsite – over 50 MWh every year – with the carport also offering additional benefits to athletes and visitors by protecting their vehicles and themselves from the elements.
The installation was part of a £16m redevelopment invested into the site which also included a number of other energy efficiency measures to reflect the council’s ongoing commitment to reducing the City’s carbon emissions by 26% in 2020 (compared to 2005 levels).
The 67 kWp system, made up of 448 thin-film solar panels, covers 40 parking bays and was the latest solar PV installation by EvoEnergy for the Council in a relationship that started way back in 2011.
One of the key challenges for EvoEnergy was to create a lightweight solution that also complimented the aesthetics of the existing site. Working with specialist partners, EvoEnergy installed a power parking solution using copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technology, helping to produce a higher yield over time compared to traditional solar panels.
EvoEnergy were also aware of the forthcoming CPISRA World Games, organised by Cerebral Palsy Sport, taking place at the centre from the 6th-16th August. The installation team therefore worked hard to ensure that the installation was completed for the client ahead of schedule in time for the games, working overtime to finish the job in just 5 weeks.
The new solar carport will not only help reduce CO2 levels for the council, but the electricity generated will help the sports village reduce their electricity bills and enjoy financial benefits from the feed-in tariff.
Michael Salisbury, Projects Director at EvoEnergy commented:
“We’ve worked with Nottingham City Council on a range of different projects in the past and this definitely has been one of the most exciting. We’ve been able to play a large part in the development of the eagerly awaited Harvey Hadden development. It’s been a great example of how experience, innovation and cutting edge technology can be combined to achieve great things”
Clive Williams, Programme Manager at Nottingham City Council said:
“We recognise the need to protect and enhance the local environment through our activities and we take this responsibility very seriously. The solar carports at Harvey Hadden are part of a wider initiative to move the council to a more environmentally friendly future and reduce carbon emissions by 26 per cent by 2020 compared to 2005. EvoEnergy clearly understood our needs for the site and we’re glad that this latest development greatly helps us with our efforts.”
In October 2015, the solar carport also won the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award for the client at Nottingham Post’s annual Environmental awards, which was a joint entry from both EvoEnergy and the Council.
Find out more about EvoEnergy’s solar carport installation service.