Solar Photo Voltaic panels for Ashford Borough Council
In early 2011 main contractor ISG Jackson invited Ecoliving's East Anglia South office to tender for the supply and install of photo voltaic panels to 44 new dwellings they were about to start building for Ashford Borough Council. Complying with the Code for Sustainable Homes Against strong opposition Ecoliving won the contract and were asked to match the kW output for each dwelling in order to meet the relevant energy saving requirement to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes. Robert Walmsley, Regional Director at Ecoliving East Anglia South, specified the panels and the layout of the panels for the 12 different house designs and one block of flats.
High quality panels from Austrian manufacturer Kioto were specified. 265 solar PV panels across 9 sites During the early stages of the contract Ashford Borough Council decided to maximise the roof space and Ecoliving were asked for new layouts to incorporate as many panels as could be fitted on the roofs. The end result was a contract for 265 panels with a total kilowatt peak output of 52.75 kW. Logistically this was not the easiest of jobs as the dwellings were spread over 9 different sites within a 7 mile radius of Ashford. Ecoliving installers worked to a tight schedule dovetailing with other trades attending each site whenever the next plot had roof tiling complete. They visited again when the plot was secure to install inverter and meter with a final visit to commission just prior to the completion hand over of each plot.
ISG Jackson commends Ecoliving's service Mark Schorah at ISG Jackson commented,
"Ecoliving have been incredibly helpful and pro-active in providing fixing information, SAP calculation information and generally doing whatever they can to ensure things run smoothly."
Part of the contract was an extension to a block of flats (Luckley House sheltered housing) and Ecoliving was tasked with installing 45 panels on the flat roof. To avoid the use of fixings that would perforate the roof membrane the panels were installed on ballasted consoles. The amount of ballast was calculated to suit the position and height of the console. The anticipated electricity production will be in excess of 24,000 kilowatt hours (kWhrs) per year. The anticipated CO2 emission saving will be in excess of 13 tonne per year.