Portland College, one of the UK’s leading education centres for adults with disabilities, has reduced its energy bills by 15 per cent and cut its carbon footprint thanks to a new 186 kWp rooftop solar array installed by EvoEnergy.
The 772-panel system, fitted across six rooftops at the college near Mansfield, took a team of eight more than two months to complete, with the big switch on happening towards the end of 2014.
Now up-and-running, it will generate an estimated 143,174 kWh of clean energy each year – equivalent to a 75,000kg saving in CO2 emission – for the 250-plus students who use the college for education, training, business support and accommodation.
Vice Principal Support for Learning at Portland College, Quentin Colley, said:
“EvoEnergy offered us first class service, their staff were professional and knowledgeable, disruption was minimal and the team genuinely showed an understanding of the needs of the business and how to best meet our needs.”
Scott Roadley, Project Manager for EvoEnergy, said:
“The team at Portland College came to us looking for a way to reduce their bills and their environmental impact while also increasing their energy security for years to come.
It’s a big organisation and it had the big emissions to match – almost 1.2 million kWh per year. Solar made good sense as a way to cut costs and give them an ongoing income stream as well.
The job itself was quite complex, spread out across six differently sized roofs; each with separate electrical systems. The roofs were covered in a variety of materials including cambrian slate, a notoriously difficult material for PV companies to work with.
Our solution was to cut the cambrians and fit the roof brackets first, before using lead flashing to maintain the water tightness of the roof and avoid any tile damage during the install.”
The EvoEnergy team carried out the project around the college’s day-to-day running, working courteously and being sensitive with noise and disruption throughout.
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