England Releases &pound:1.6m for Green Projects

Extra funding for 12 renewable energy projects across the UK totalling &pound:1.65 million (US$2.74 million) were recently announced by Energy Minister Stephen Timms.

London, England – October 13, 2003[SolarAccess.com] The funding is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) &pound:20 million (US$33.2 million) Major Photovoltaic (PV) Demonstration Program which helps householders, public buildings, community projects and commercial ventures convert to solar power. These are the fifth set of medium and large scale proposals approved since the program began in 2002. The wide range of projects include plans to power a community center in Bradford, a sports center in Chesterfield and an initiative to power a block of flats in London. The funding also includes the first award in Northern Ireland to generate power form renewable sources for the offices of Northern Ireland Electricity. “Solar power is a proving a valuable source of energy and is making a big impact in construction projects across the country,” Timms said. “It is in everybody’s interests that, as solar power is more widely used, we should take the fullest advantage of its potential as a clean and renewable source of energy.” The 12 projects are expected to produce a total of 492 kWp, enough energy to fully power more than 100 homes. A short project description of each follows. SCOTLAND Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Isle of Harris, Scotland (Sir E Scott School/Harris Sports Center) The local council of the Isle of Harris is extending an existing school to include a sports center accessible to everyone on the island. The Harris sport center, a two story building, will include a swimming pool and fitness suite, public library, secondary school classrooms, staff areas and ancillary areas. Other energy efficient features will include a combined heat and power (CHP) unit producing heat and electricity and a solar water heating system. The PV system will consist of monocrystalline modules mounted on a Conergy framework. Size: 20kWp Modules: BP5170 monocrystalline Installer: Element Engineering Grant: &pound:72,000 Napier University, Edinburgh Napier University, based in Edinburgh, is a center of excellence in renewable energy and sustainable engineering. It was the first university in the UK to offer a BEng (honors) course in energy and have also received funding from the Scottish Higher Education funding council to create Census (Center for Sustainable Engineering). The proposed PV array will be mounted on the external vertical faýade of the main teaching block at the Merchiston Campus in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh and will be integrated into the teaching curriculum as a practical example of sustainable energy. Size: 17.6kWp Modules: BP790 Monocrystalline modules Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:80,675 YORKSHIRE AND HUMBERSIDE Ravenscliffe Community Association, Bradford, West Yorkshire Ravenscliffe is a local authority housing estate in North East Bradford which is currently building a new multipurpose community facility, the Ravenscliffe Renewal Center, to help reverse the decline of the estate. The center will offer access to educational, training and development opportunities, childcare and family support services, social activities, advice and community support. The building has been designed to minimize energy demand by using high standards of insulation, good daylighting, natural ventilation and effective control strategies. Part of the center’s electricity will be supplied by the photovoltaic system consisting of Unisolar triple junction PV shingles. Size: 9.3kWp Modules: Unisolar triple junction PV shingles (SHR17) Installer: Solar Century Grant: &pound:47,895 NORTHERN IRELAND Northern Ireland Electricity, Belfast Northern Ireland Electricity is responsible for the procurement, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity to approximately 710,000 customers throughout Northern Ireland and is taking a commercial interest in developing renewable energy in the region. It has given support for a top-up grant for PV and administer an eco-energy fund. The PV system will be fitted to a vertical wall of a call center and will use monocrystalline modules. Northern Ireland Electricity will be the first electricity company to install a PV system on its own property and this will be the first stream 2 MDP project in Ireland. Size: 14.1kWp Modules: BP7185 monocrystalline Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:39,480 EAST MIDLANDS Chesterfield Borough Council, Chesterfield A 100kWp photovoltaic system consisting of a mixed glass/glass monocrystalline system over a swimming pool and bolt-on monocrystalline PV system on the roof will be fitted to the existing Queen’s Park Sports center. The sports center includes a swimming pool, squash courts, multipurpose sports halls, solarium and cafeteria. The sports center was built in the 1960’s and has been extensively refurbished with energy efficiency features including CHP, heat recovery, energy efficient lighting and high efficiency boilers. Further proposed refurbishment will include a ground source heat pump that will enhance the use of the PV system. Size: 100kWp Modules: BP solar glass/glass modules and BP585 monocrystalline Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:324,076 (subject to confirmation) LONDON London Borough of Lambeth The London Borough of Lambeth is currently renovating a number of flat blocks and is replacing the roof using photovoltaic modules. The new system will be integrated into a roof replacement on four residential blocks of Langholm Close on the Clapham Park Estate. Other renovation features will include replacement timber and aluminium clad windows and roof insulation using recycled cellulose. This is the only housing project submitted in this round. This is a sector that is regarded as an important growth area and other housing applications are welcomed in future rounds. Size: 20.9kWp Modules: Unisolar triple junction PV shingles (SHR17) Installer: Solar Century Grant: &pound:97,500 Spitalfields Development Group, Tower Hamlets, London The Spitalfields development group is currently developing a #250 million mixed use development between Bishopsgate and Spitalfields market involving four office blocks. The roof of one of the blocks will be covered by monocrystalline photovoltaics and the building will also have other features designed to ensure high energy efficiency standards. Size: 83.5kWp Modules: BP Solar 5180 monocrystalline Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:180,344 SOUTH-EAST Ringmer Community College, Ringmer, East Sussex Ringmer Community College is situated in Ringmer, three miles from Lewes, and caters for pupils from 11 to 16 years of age. The college is committed to incorporating environmental education into their curriculum activities. They have a dedicated Environmental Advisor and have developed a program of activities to cover waste, water and energy use reduction and recycling. The college has also set up an “eco-lab” powered by wind and solar energy. A 7.9kWp PV system will be mounted to the existing south-facing roof. Size: 7.9kWp Modules: Kyocera KC120 Installer: Solar Energy Installations Grant: &pound:22,839 Woking Borough Council Woking Borough Council is redeveloping the open area in front of Woking Railway Station and this will include a large covered canopy roof over a pedestrianised area at the High Street/Chertsey Road/Broadway road junction. The proposed glazed canopy roof will displace the conventional glazed canopy roof that would otherwise have been installed. The roof will consist of 83.9kWp of monocrystalline glass/glass modules with the modules consisting of high efficiency BP Saturn cells. Size: 83.9kWp Modules: BP monocrystalline glass/glass modules Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:361,140 University of Southampton The University of Southampton is currently developing a new campus building extension. The intended extension will have an atrium walkway between the new and the existing buildings and a glass/glass module monocrystalline system will be integrated into the atrium roof. In addition to PV, the new building will be linked to the existing CHP system and ground cooled air will be introduced into the building using positive displacement air handling units. Size: 14kWp Modules: BP monocrystalline glass/glass modules Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:98,009 EAST Norfolk NHS Trust, Northgate Street health Center, Great Yarmouth Norfolk NHS Trust is undertaking a project to construct a new acute mental health centres in the Great Yarmouth area. The Northgate Street health center will be of single-storey pitched roof design and will incorporate a number of environmental features including solar hot water, PV, rainwater harvesting and low impact construction materials (including cedar cladding and recycled aluminium framed windows). The PV system will be mounted on three roofs and total 20.4kWp of monocrystalline modules. Size: 20.4kWp Modules: BP 585 monocrystalline Installer: Not appointed Grant: &pound:69,188 WEST MIDLANDS Warwickshire County Council, Optima innovation Center, Nuneaton The Optima innovation center will be managed by Coventry University Enterprises. One of the key aims of the center is to encourage the development of high tech businesses and skills. The project brief is for the design of the building to be energy efficient and ecologically conscious. The building will use the termodeck design to heat cool and ventilate the building. The photovoltaic system will consist of a glass/glass monocrystalline photovoltaic vertical faýade at the south facing end of the building and a photovoltaic roof consisting of monocrystalline laminates. Size: 105kWp (100kWp funded) Modules: BP glass/glass monocrystalline and BP5180 monocrystalline Installer: BP Solar Grant: &pound:254,544 (Subject to confirmation)
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