University of Birmingham
|Number of PV panels||279 X Vikram Eldora Ultima Modules|
|Inverters||5 X Fronius Symo|
|Annual Yield||56663 kWh|
|Annual CO2 savings||300 Tonnes|
In February 2015 Poweri Services tendered for and were successful in their bid to install the first Large solar PV system for the University of Birmingham at the Tennis Court student flats.
Following a feasibility study covering several of the larger student residence sites, the Centre Court blocks at Tennis Courts were identified as an ideal pilot site. This project was managed in house by the Estates Office and is predicted to produce 30% of the power required by the residences, with any excess being consumed by neighbouring residences.
The University has reduced its carbon footprint by over 20% since 2005/06 by focusing on its energy use and expanding district heating and onsite generation by combined heat and power. This has also resulted in a reduction in emissions per bed space of 25%.
Poweri Services designed a solar PV system that matched to the budget available and gave best value for that site but still using premium materials to provide reliability and performance for the long term usage of the site, selecting Vikram Solar PV modules and Fronius Inverters as well established and high quality suppliers.
Particular challenges for this site included its location within a conservation area requiring careful design to ensure permitted development status for the installation. Another challenge was the large quantity of scaffolding required to access the roof, which was optimised by working with our carefully chosen scaffolding partners. The start of this installation had to be carried out with some students still in residence due to the limited window for installation during the summer break, so particular care had to be taken when working with students in close proximity to the installation works.