Ceredigion County Borough Council
egnida secured the 50kW project through a competitive tender with an innovative split roof design for the Canolfan Rheidol building in Aberystwyth. The project contained very tight timescales to achieve a Feed in Tariff (FiT) cut-off date and specified specialist flat roof fittings for the Civic Centre roof.
egnida were dependent on the roof contractors to install specially designed stanchions which were crucial to protect the sealed membrane of the roof. This meant that the installation process was likely to be slower and more costly than usual. egnida’s proposal therefore incorporated an offset 30kW of solar panels with lower cost fittings onto a nearby biomass plant roof which was connected to the same electricity meter.
egnida worked closely with the roofing contractors to ensure that the 20kW array on the flat roof of the Rheidol building protected the integrity of the roof membrane and ensured that the panels were commissioned before the tariff cut-off date.
The final 50kW installation is anticipated to produce 874,000 kWh over the 20 years with a cost saving in the region of £98.7k. The fact that one of the arrays is located on the roof of the existing biomass plant gives the authority the novel appearance of a mini renewable combined heat & power plant.
“Ceredigion Council already have a number of solar PV installations at other locations and we were keen to install at the Canolfan Rheidol building whilst the tariffs still provided an attractive rate of return. There were a number of snagging issues throughout the installation, but egnida were highly responsive and receptive to ensuring every aspect of the work met with our expectations.
This latest renewable installation, coupled with the biomass plant, will we hope reassure Ceredigion residents of our commitment to invest in a low carbon economy for future generations as well as current.”