The challenge for this job was fitting as many panels as we could onto a hipped roof, where the south and west sections that had been chosen were essentially triangular. The solution was to use Trienergia panels which come in triangle and rectangle shapes, which when combined allowed us to get maximum coverage - but not only that; the triangular panels look much better on this shape of roof!
This was an interesting installation challenge! Due to access problems, we could only place scaffolding at the front of the buiding, whilst the sunniest part of the roof was the rear, which faced almost due west. The client asked us what results they could hope to acheive with this restriction on mind, and after calcultions were made, we were pleased to see that they would make over £500 in Feed in Tariff each year, as well as saving £350 on electricity bills! The system will have paid for itself in 7 years, and then make a profit for the following 13 years.
Our client was concerned of the effects of increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and was keen to mitigate some of the impact from electricity generation by installing a solar electricity system to generated their own electricity locally without the emissions associated with transmission and fossil fuel based generation. The difficulty was that they lived in a listed property.
Our client, the contractor R.J. Leighfield & Sons Ltd of Royal Wootton Bassett, was involved in the construction of a new build domestic dwelling for a private client. Their client was keen to reduce their energy bills further and thus was interested in solar electricity but was also keen to maintain the aesthetic of the rood of their new property.
Our client was keen to have a system that would have a good asthetic and had originally looked at Solarcentury's c21e roof integrated module for which R-ECO is an approved installer. However with so many gables and pitches a c21e system would have been small and had a poor return.
Instead R-ECO proposed a product from Trienergia that consists of triangular (nearly) and square (almost) modules that enabled much more of the roofspace to be used and also being all black still had a good appearance.
Our client wanted to qualify for the highest feed-in-tarriffs before the cut in August. However as an Energy Performance Certificate was required to receive the Feed in Tariff. Therfore an energy assessment was carried out by R-ECO in order to determine the energy efficiency of the property.
Our client had limited and shaded roofspace thus a conventional roof mounted system would have been small and had a limited return. The answer was a discreet ground mounted system contained within an existing hedged area of our client's garden.
The system could therefore be positioned to optimise both the angle and orientation of the array in order to maximise the performance.
"Your great team have done a wonderful job. Many thanks to R- ECO"
Mr. Catchpole, Cornwall
"Hi, thanks so much for a really brilliant installation! Your team are fantastic and have done a lovely job, as well as being a pleasure to have around. Thanks for being on hand to resolve any issues promptly.
We already have a stream of admiring visitors!"
Suzette Starmer, Oxford
“R-ECO were very professional, very efficient and delivered the job on time and on budget. The quality of their work was very good as was their after sales service. Given the size of our electricity bills this has been a really good investment for us and I am very happy to recommend R-ECO.” Alan Shannon Owner and Managing Director
"Very friendly and helpful. And when there was an issue with the roof which needed fixing very helpful finding a solution within the timeframe. …"
Trev Williams, Oxford
“R-ECO ...were a pleasure to work with and have on site. They were tidy, had a great attitude were happy to just get on and do the work, nothing was too much trouble. The Estates Manager was very impressed that is was all done so quickly.”
S. Adlam, R J Leighfield
“At the initial design meeting R-ECO`s solar PV experience , knowledge and understanding of the project brief was highly evident. Producing a considered installation design coupled with an understandable cost/benefit analysis enabled project endorsement."
"Thank you to Tim and the team for installing our solar panels; it was great to have the benefit of such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of people working on the house. I can't believe we're up and running and generating our own electricity!"
Jill Jones, Oxford
“Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou to all for making it possible for us to sell our electricity back to the grid we have been waiting a long time for this and are over the moon with the co-operation from R-ECO"
Mr & Mrs Flemming
"This is just to say thank you again, to you and Andy, for giving up your time and talking to our FdSc in Renewable Energy Technology students yesterday. We found it fascinating listening to you both and it was pitched at just the right level. I am sure that it was both informative and inspiring for our students."
Mike Williams, CC Tutor
We are very satisfied with the installation and thank your team for their care and attention to detail throughout the process.