Kingspan Energy has completed the installation of the UK’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre based at i54 South Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
The 5.8MWp system installed on the roof of the Jaguar Land Rover facility is spread across 35,000m2 of roof space and is expected to generate 30% of the plant’s yearly energy requirements. This output, enough to power more than 1,600 homes, will be used on site to reduce the building’s primary energy consumption from the grid. The system is also expected to save over 2,400 tonnes of CO2 every year, the equivalent of burning 1,225 tonnes of natural gas. The system includes more than 21,000 275Wp polycrystalline PV modules linked together by over 100 miles of electric cable.
Shortlisted for Renewable Project of the Year in the BusinessGreen Awards, the unprecedented system was installed as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to using resources responsibly across its business. The premium car manufacturer wanted to integrate the most cost-effective and efficient solar PV system possibleinto the envelope of the building.
Kingspan Energy was chosen to lead the project from start to finish. Kingspan Energy is a solar energy solution provider working on some of the most prestigious large-scale solar PV projects in the UK. Under the guidance of Kingspan Energy’s experienced project management team, the entire system was designed and installed in just 11 weeks, to the highest specifications and under strict site conditions during the winter period: exceeding the ambitious three month schedule set by Jaguar Land Rover.
The projectcomes on stream just as the UK government has reaffirmed its vision for large-scale solar generation in the UK. Last month, Energy Minister Greg Barker identified the opportunity for the UK’s rooftops to become power stations, speaking publicly of the boosts to the economy, the environment and Britishbusinesses projects like these can offer.
“This landmark project sets the tone for UK businesses to make the most of the assets theyhave with PV generation” explained Peter Turley, Business Unit Manager for Kingspan Energy. “Large-scale rooftop PV installations are a fantastic commercial investment when companies can find the upfront capital cost to benefit from them. We’re working closely with our partners and customers to help facilitate more solar PV installations than ever before, helping businesses up and down the country to benefit from the reduced costs and increased energy security these projects bring.”
Part of theKingspan Group, Kingspan Energy is a solar energy solution provider making low-carbon energy generation accessible for UK businesses. With its fully-funded option, Kingspan Energy enables more companies to benefit from the lower energy costs and greater environmental credentials associated with photovoltaic (PV) solutions, without the risks involved in the capital outlay, installation or maintenance of a PV system.
Kingspan Group is theglobal leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions. Founded in the late 1960s, the Group has grown steadily to become a prominent brand within the construction industry, with an annual turnover exceeding €1.8bn (Financial Results for the Year Ended 31 December 2013). The Groupcomprises four divisions: Insulated Panels, Insulation, Access Floors and Environmental.
Kingspan Insulated Panels, the biggest division of the four, is the global leader in the design, development and delivery of advanced building envelope products and solutions. Its wide range of products includes Standing Seam systems; Insulated Roof & Wall Panels; Fabrications, Safety and Lighting Solutions; Controlled Environments; Insulated Door Components; Structural Products & Systems; Steel Building Solutions; Kingspan Energy Rooftop Solar PV and BENCHMARK high end Façade & Roof Systems.
Kingspan Energy is the first provider of fully-funded solar energy solutions for industrial and commercial buildings in the UK and Ireland, offering businesses low carbon energy generation with no upfront capital investment. Launched in 2013, Kingspan Energy offers a range of fully integrated rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions, combined with 25 year guarantees for the Kingspan roofs and PV systems, including free monitoring and maintenance.
Kingspan Insulated Panels is widely recognised in the industry for thehigh quality and performance of its products as well as its commitment to excellent customer services and technical support.