University of Nottingham
Veterinary School of Medicine & Science
The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in Sutton Bonington is the UK’s top veterinary research facility. When it needed to reduce its carbon footprint and invest in an extra income stream, the UK’s top solar installer was asked to help it achieve both.
EvoEnergy beat off competition from other firms to win the job of installing the 145 kWp system on to a standing seam, calcite roof after previously completing a number of successful arrays for the University.
The 580 Renesola 240W panels were fitted in less than two weeks by a specially trained six-man team.
Although reasonably straightforward from an installation point of view, the job presented a series of challenges along the way for the team, who completed their work with minimal disruption to the campus’ day-to-day running.
With five Power One Aurora Trio 27.6 inverters now plugged in on site, the faculty which is ranked second in the country for teaching is now also one of the most energy efficient.
Its new solar system generates more than 120,000 kWh of electricity per year, equivalent to a 63-tonne saving in carbon emissions.
Delivering an annual return on investment of 15 per cent, the panels should pay for themselves in less than six years. It is just the latest renewable project to be completed by the University of Nottingham, which now generates half a million kWh of clean energy each year.