The portfolio developer Land Securities chose to retrofit solar PV to its properties at Gunwharf Quays; the popular shopping and leisure destination in Portsmouth
One of the company’s biggest assets in the UK and in a prime, seafront location on the south coast, it was the ideal place for the company to choose to demonstrate its commitment to the environment. It intended to do so by creating a sustainable energy supply for the whole shopping centre.
EvoEnergy was asked to help it achieve this goal by installing a 249 kWp system, made up of 892 Trina Solar PV panels.
Before work could commence, the company’s multi-discipline commercial engineering team identified every possible project challenge that could arise, working with the client to find solutions.
Because the roof at Gunwharf Quays wasn’t strong enough to bear any significant extra load, the team designed an innovative, lightweight mounting frame with mechanical fixings that would prevent the roof from being overloaded.
The client’s biggest priority was to ensure that the busy shopping centre’s day-to-day business wasn’t affected. EvoEnergy made sure this didn’t happen by organising all deliveries to site, crane activity and other ground level activity out of hours, early on Sunday mornings.
The install team battled high winds and downpours to complete the array on time for a satisfied client. The panels now generate 200,807 kWhs of electricity each year, saving Land Securities more than 106 tonnes in CO2 emissions.
Rowan Packer, Energy Manager of Land Securities, comments;
“We were very impressed with the timescale in which EvoEnergy installed the system – they worked very hard. The installation has meant a lot to Land Securities because we work with a large number of clients on our sites. It’s important to commit to renewable technology and trying to help the bigger picture. We hope to see a lot more solar on the retrofit side of the business.”
The system was completed during the wettest summer ever recorded, making on-site conditions less than ideal. However all work was carried out with the greatest of care, adhering to health and safety at all times.