Kirkby Leisure Centre Goes Green

Kirkby Leisure Centre Goes Green

Kirkby Leisure Centre

Last year we completed a 344.89 kWp at Kirkby Leisure Centre. The PV system is estimated to produce 300 MWh of solar energy every calendar year and reducing the leisure centers carbon emissions by 57.87 tonnes which will help them be more environmentally friendly. This will also help Knowsley in hitting their target of becoming Net Carbon Zero by 2040. A commitment was also made to work with partner organisations to reduce boroughwide emissions. Since 2009/10, the council has reduced its emissions by 69%.

We used the 758 x LR4-72HPH-455M Longi solar panels with half the amount of SolarEdge P950 optimisers as they connect to two solar panels each. There are 3 inverters included in this system. two SolarEdge 100K Synergy Managers and one Solaredge 66.6K Synergy Manager.

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How are Knowsley Council Reducinhg Emissions

Reducing carbon emissions by cutting down on gas and electricity use in council buildings has been a high priority for the programme.

The Council has successfully secured £4.2m of external grant funding from the government-funded Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS). The funding has enabled improvement projects at the Courtyard Buildings at Court Hey Park, the River Alt Resource Centre and Huyton Library, replacing gas heating systems with Air Source Heat Pumps, the installation of roof mounted solar PV arrays and LED lighting.

The works are expected to produce an annual carbon saving of up to 440 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Further external funding has also been secured to create a Heat Decarbonisation Plan for 19 council buildings. The plan identifies low-carbon heating alternatives, as well as the suitability for Solar PV, LED lighting, wall insulation and window replacement.

Technology

Solar Panel

Longi Solar, LR4-72HPH-455M x 758

Warranty

Output Warranty Term: 25 years

Materials Warranty Term: 12 years

Efficiency

20.9%

Dimensions

2094 x 1038 x 35mm

Weight

23.5 kg

Inverter

SolarEdge 100K Synergy Manager x 2

SolarEdge 66.6K Synergy Manager x 1

Optimiser

P950 x 380

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Hardwood Sales

Hardwood Sales

Hardwood Sales

Back in April we worked with the Liverpool based company “Hardwood Sales” to install solar panels on the roof of their newly built warehouse to reduce energy costs.

Hardwood Sales Limited is a specialist hardwood importer, supplying timber for some iconic projects including Churchill’s War Office, the Royal Academy of Music and The Shard. It has used the loan from Lloyds Bank to invest in 1,000 longi PV solar panels, allowing the business to start producing 65% of its own electricity, becoming more energy independent and significantly reducing costs.

The global company, which is headquartered in Liverpool, is based on a nine-acre site with a newly built 100,000 sq ft warehouse plus a manufacturing plant. Five-day work weeks mean that surplus electricity is often generated at weekends, and the business sells this energy back to the grid – helping grow profits further, while contributing to the diversification of the UK’s energy mix and reducing strain on the grid when demand is high.

The solar panels have helped Hardwood Sales futureproof its energy costs, meaning the money that would have been tied up in rising energy prices can now be invested in creating new jobs and upskilling the workforce. The savings made in the business so far have allowed it to commit to the building of an additional manufacturing plant starting September, boosting future growth prospects.

As well as making cost savings, the solar panels also offer Hardwood Sales sustainability benefits in the form of over 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions saved.

Tony Collins, managing director of Hardwood Sales Ltd, said: “Rising energy costs have been putting pressure on businesses over the last year, and the security that these solar panels have provided us with has been a real relief. Not only have they allowed us to save money on our energy bills, which can be reinvested into the business to help it grow, they’ve also given us a stake in the UK’s ambitions for net zero by 2050.

“Our customers come to us from across the globe, and so it’s important that we show them the work that’s being done within the business to invest in our offering and protect profit margins. The support from Lloyds Bank has put us in a great place to do this.”

Alistair Pike, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank, said: “Hardwood Sales is an excellent example of a business that is invested in its future growth prospects, and knows the importance that making proactive, tangible changes now has for maintaining that growth.

“The business’ latest investment will bring them two-fold benefits, prioritising cost savings while boosting its own green credentials. We’re proud to be by the side of businesses like Hardwood Sales Ltd, and we’re looking forward to supporting them throughout their journey.”

The system consisted of 775 x Longi Solar, LR5-66HIH-500M solar panels with half of the amount of P1100 optimisers as two panels connect to every optimiser. They were wired up to the Solaredge90K manager and two SE100K managers which were placed in an outer building.

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Technology

Solar Panel

Longi Solar, LR5-66HIH-500M (user-defined) x 775

Warranty

12 Years Product Warranty

Efficiency

21.3%

Dimensions

2093 x 1134 x 35mm

Weight

25.3 kg

Inverter

SolarEdge 100K Manager x 2

SolarEdge 90K Manager x 1

Optimiser

P1100 x 389

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Langley House

Langley House

Langley House

Last month we were down in Watford installing a 108.32 kWp solar PV system for Langley House which is a head injury NHS hospital. The power generated from the system will be used to power the electronic equipment used at the hospital to give any patients who check in at the hospital a better experience and be treated with the best possible care to ensure their health and safety.

The solar panel system consisted of 249 Longi Solar, LR5-54HTH-435M Explorer solar panels strung up with 125 S1000 optimsers to the SE50K manager, SE30K inverters. The system is estimated to produce 92.62MWh of green energy annually, reducing the amount of carbon footprint being produced by just under 20 tonnes which is the equivalent to 858 trees being planted.

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Technology

Solar Panel

Longi Solar LR5-54HTH-435 x 249

Warranty

12 Years Product Warranty

Efficiency

22.3%

Dimensions

1722 x 1134 x 30mm

Weight

20.8 kg

Inverter

SolarEdge 50K Manager x 1

SolarEdge 30K x 1

Optimiser

S1000 x 125

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80 kWp Solar Panel Installation for Llys Awelon in Ruthin

80 kWp Solar Panel Installation for Llys Awelon in Ruthin

Llys Awelon, Ruthin

A few weeks ago we completed the 80 kWp solar PV system in Ruthin at the newly built care home Llys Awelon. The 160 solar panel system is expected to produce 62 MWh of solar energy every calendar year and help the environment by reducing the amount of CO2 emissions by over 12 tonnes. The power generated by the system will enable the property to power the home in an eco-friendly. This will give the residents to a better and more enjoyable living style as well as help the planet for future generations.

We want to continue in the fight against climate change and help more flats and homes go solar to reduce the amount of carbon footprint being produced and stop people using energy in a non-economic way.

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What is Llys Awelon

Is a retirement living development located in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales. It is designed for older adults who wish to live in a community that offers independent living options with various amenities and services tailored to their needs. Such retirement communities often provide features like on-site staff, communal spaces, and activities to support the well-being and social engagement of residents.

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Technology

Solar Panel

Longi Solar, LR5-54HTH-435M Explorer (user-defined) x 249

Warranty

12 Years Product Warranty

Efficiency

23%

Dimensions

1722 x 1134 x 30mm

Weight

20.8 kg

Inverter

Solaredge 50K Manager x 1

Solaredge 30K x 1

Optimiser

S1000 x 249

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Staveley Mill Yard

Staveley Mill Yard

Staveley Mill Yard

Staveley Mill Yard is a four-acre site comprised of over 20 retail and industrial units, in the centre of Staveley village, it is situated near to both Kendal and Windermere and close to central Lake District. The PV installation will be installed across various buildings and the overall power generated from the 1533 solar panels works out at 574.78 kWp. We will also be installing 9 inverters which will be fitted into a container and 774 P801 optimizers which are connected to the solar panels. There were different designs of SolarEdge inverters installed such as the 27.6K, 82.8K, 25K, 55K and 50K.

It is estimated that this installation will produce about 1,500,000 kilowatt hours a day, but this does depend on how good the weather is. Staveley Mill Yard isn’t just in it for themselves either as there planning to give back to the community and help the rest of the Staveley village by exporting energy back to the grid. They estimate that they only use 1,100,000 kwh of their solar production which leaves them with 400,000 kwh to hand to the village.

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The owner of Staveley Mill Yard David Brockbank was asked a few questions about the installation.

How do you feel about the project?

“Excellent, everyone should be doing it. I would like Staveley to be carbon neutral by 2030”

Is there anything else that you would like to say about the PV project?

“The village benefits hugely from the solar energy exported to the village. It would be good if we calculated the village’s carbon footprint and then worked on reducing it. I would be happy to help and share our knowledge and experience”

We are delighted that this project won an award at the Energy Efficiency Awards for being the Regional Large Scale Project of the Year.

The 2021 Regional Large Scale Project of the Year Award rewards one exceptional project, in each of the 11 Regional areas around the UK, where energy efficiency measures of more than £250,000 have been installed.

This award recognises the efforts of all those involved locally in delivering a successful large scale energy saving project, while maintaining excellent customer service that demonstrates a high standard of quality workmanship throughout the project.

You can find out more about this award by heading to the Energy Efficiency Awards website.

Technology

Solar Panel

Longi Solar LR4-60HPH x 1533

Warranty

12 Years Product Warranty

Efficiency

20.3 – 20.9%

Dimensions

1755 x 1038 x 35mm

Weight

19.5 kg

Inverter

Solaredge 27.6k x 1

Solaredge 82.8k x 2

Solaredge 25k x 2

Solaredge 55k x 1

Solaredge 50k x 3

Optimiser

P801 x 774

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