Commercial Scale Solar
What’s your solar strategy:
We can provide independent, front-end support to ensure you protect your investment and find a best-fit solution to generating your own solar electricity. Our team has developed and managed solar projects in the 10 to 630 kWp range, across all sectors in the UK & Ireland since 2005.
Going solar can reduce electricity costs, dilute the impact of future price increases and earn valuable income over twenty years from Government backed ROC’s incentives.
So it’s important to get it right from the outset.
Planet Solar provides a range of proven services to businesses wanting to explore, and install solar:
- We can help you develop a strategic plan, and advise you about how best to future-proof your business against rising electricity prices.
- We can advise on the different routes to funding solar.
- We can develop unique specifications so you can invite contractors to bid for your project.
- We can analyse the bids you receive and verify all key data to ensure you procure the most appropriate equipment, from the most qualified installers for your project.
- We make going solar simple…
You can read a reference on our testimonial page that describes how we developed Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service’s solar strategy. After successful completion of 130 kWp during Phase1, the second phase of the project included a further 560 kWp across sixteen locations.
If you’re already planning to install solar, or would like reliable and independent advice to develop the business case for investment, we can help.
Commercial-scale solar in N. Ireland:
Since 2002, many of the larger, commercial scale Solar PV projects in N. Ireland have been installed in the public sector, where capital grants of up to 50% were available. Our Managing Director, Andy Baird was directly involved in most of these programmes including:
This project was launched in November 2006, a partnership between Northern Ireland Electricity, DARD, the Education & Library Boards and Solarcentury, where Andy was the Regional Manager for N. Ireland. The project won the NEMEX Renewables Innovation Award 2008.
The project had a broad range of objectives:
- To increase the number of rural PV installations in Northern Ireland
- Provide schools with a renewable source of energy
- Provide key stage learning tools
- Link all 43 schools via a website to provide an innovative teaching, demonstration and dissemination resource, which benefits pupils, staff and the wider community.
The programme comprised the installation of 43 systems, of between 5 and 10 kWp over an 18 month period against a strict funding dependent programme.
Fivemiletown High School:
The 28 kWp installation at Fivemiletown School is one of the largest installations on a school in Northern Ireland. Funded under the Major PV Demonstration Programme in partnership with the Western Education & Library Board, the system also features bespoke solar glazing as a demonstration of solar technology innovation.
The project was featured on a BBC Newsline Special Report in March 2007 and covered in several regional magazine and newspaper articles.
Helm Housing (formerly BIH Housing Association) C21e roof-integrated systems
These turnkey projects were a partnership between BIH Housing Association, DSD and Solarcentury acting as Principal Contractor.
Owenvale Court and Fairholme are examples of PV used as a building material. Replacing traditional roof tiles, each 19 kWp system comprises 360 solar roof tiles. The installation was completed in just five days without disruption to the 24/7 site operations.
Completed in March 2007 and March 2008 respectively, the projects had the following objectives:
- Demonstrate the ease and speed of installation using PV as a building material
- Demonstrate innovation in PV product design using locally manufactured solar tiles
- Make a measurable contribution towards the alleviation of fuel poverty within the region
Lisneal College – Roof-mounted modular system
Installed during the Christmas of 2006, this 31 kWp system was installed on behalf of the Western Education & Library Board, under the governments Major PV Demonstration Programme.
Northern Ireland Housing Executive – CompleteSolarRoof installations
Installed on five new-build bungalows in Clonmore Green, Rathcoole, this project was a partnership between The Housing Executive, Northern Ireland Electricity, and the Energy Savings Trust. Combining C21 solar PV and thermal tiles to provide carbon-free electricity and hot water, each system is designed to provide 30% of electricity and 50% of hot water requirements.
The system won numerous awards including Best Sustainable Product Award at Construct 2006, Northern Ireland’s leading construction show.
Northern Ireland Reserve Force & Cadet Association
Roof-mounted modular system Installed on the Kinnegar campus, this 25 kWp project used funding supplied under the Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 2, with top-up funding from Northern Ireland Electricity.
In the past, higher system pricing, the absence of capital grant support and a lower NIROC’s tariff made project economics weak for businesses wanting to go solar. That said, Tesco was the first to pioneer commercial solar, assisted with generous support from NIE:
Tesco, Newtownbreda – Roof-mounted modular system
Tesco installed 21 kWp of monocrystaline modules on the roof of this new store during Christmas 2006, with grant support from Northern Ireland Electricity.
This project demonstrated the ease with which PV systems can be incorporated into construction programmes.