As a school, using nearly all of its electricity during the day, solar PV was an obvious choice.
SunGift designed a 36.75kWp system to fit the sports hall roof, using the Spanish made Siliken panels. Being rated as the highest producer of electricity per kWp these panels ticked the performance box whilst the low transport costs and carbon outlay for a European manufacturer fulfilled the schools “green” criteria. SunGift designed the system to allow for maintenance pathways which must be provided for all systems of this size to allow for cleaning, maintenance and safety purposes.
The returns from the FIT meant that the school would see all of the initial costs covered within 8 years. After this the school will benefit for the next 17 years from the receipt of the FIT, giving a substantial annual income and cheaper electricity for the whole school.
SOLAR PV INSTALLATION PLYMOUTH, DEVON
Number of panels: 150
System size: 36.75 kWp
CO2 savings per year: 2 tonnes
Year of installation: 2012