Whitland Town Council invest in two solar PV installations

client:

Whitland Town Council

project:

The client had allocated funds for two local community group projects. Solar PV arrays of up to 30kW were earmarked for the roofs of Whitland Bowls Club and Whitland Rugby Club to contribute to the Council’s carbon reduction targets. On a number of occasions, local providers failed to provide quotations and/or respond to phone calls from the Council, delaying the project. egnida contacted Susan about our holistic renewable offering and she immediately asked whether we could quote for the two Town Council funded schemes.

solution:

egnida provided prompt and detailed quotations, but through our feasibility procedures learned that the local electricity network was overloaded. The network operator was seeking to obtain a significant contribution from Whitland Town Council to upgrade the network before providing permission to install the systems. This added cost and complexity would have rendered the scheme uneconomical, but egnida using their knowledge and expertise negotiated a compromise for 10kW and 4kW system permissions without a network upgrade contribution. Concerns from the network engineer about the possibility of the systems tripping out were also addressed by egnida with a fall back design for a grid limiter if required.

The Town Council were concerned following this resolution that there was an installation window of just two weeks before the FiT tariff decreased significantly; however, both systems were installed without any difficulties and the original payback calculations of 9 and 10 years respectively were secured.

Cllr Suzanne Alan commented;

“Co-ordinating access for installers and deliveries was difficult with the key holders being volunteers, but egnida managed to overcome those hurdles and meet the deadline.  The panels have now become the property of the Clubs and both Whitland Town Council and the Community organisations are very pleased with their egnida solar PV installations.”

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