The majority of solar PV installs are retro-fits, however, the construction sector has the advantage of integrating renewable technology into the planning which gives us a fresh opportunity to demonstrate our market leading design and innovation.
With the cost of energy technology generally self-funded and factored into the construction budget, the systems not only integrate well, but they also take full advantage of both the energy bill savings and the feed-in tariff payments.
We’ve stamped our experience all over the construction sector, with our most notorious and logistically challenging project to date being the 50 kWp installation on the summit of one of London’s most famous buildings: the ‘Walkie Talkie’, aka 20 Fenchurch Street. This solar PV system is currently one of the highest in the UK and was installed whilst the building was still under construction.
There are many legal requirements that apply to the construction sector surrounding renewable energy, such as PART L (of the building regulations) that demand a new build to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 10% of the consumed electricity onsite.
For construction projects within Greater London, the recently updated ‘London Plan’ takes this further and demands that all new buildings generate a minimum of 15% of electricity demand onsite from renewable technology.
Although the BREEAM assessment isn’t a legal requirement, your building’s score can be greatly increased in many of the energy categories with the integration of a solar PV system. Collectively, these credits will have a huge impact on the overall score.