Photon handover 114.5 kWp PV installation to University of Birmingham

Photon Energy has installed a 114.5 kWp rooftop solar PV system on University of Birmingham's new state-of-the-art-library, built by main contractor Carillion.

The library’s four different roof areas host a total of 350 Sunpower high efficiency PV modules mounted on Sunfixings frames, with Zeversolar inverters positioned at a single location. In order to provide the highest level of health and safety protection, fireman’s switches were installed to isolate the DC cables in case of fire or other emergencies. The system is expected to generate around 92,000 kWh of energy per annum and save 47,748 Kg CO2 per year.

Lefteris Giraleas, Project Engineer at Photon Energy said “Coordinating our design and scheduling our works around other trades was a big challenge for a project spanning almost a year. Having a close working relationship with Carillion’s engineering team helped us to complete this project with minimal lost time onsite and to also meet the high standards set by the client.”

The new library, designed by Associated Architects, sits at the heart of the university’s campus and provides a more energy efficient facility that aims to be an inspirational place of learning. The building contains 400,000 books and publications on 12km of open access shelving. The new library will use 50% less energy than the old building.

With the new library in place, the university can reduce its CO₂ output by 20% by 2020. The PV installation provided by Photon Energy helped Carillion to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Lee Owen, Principal Building Services Manager at Carillion Plc said: “Working with Photon Energy on University of Birmingham’s new library was a very positive experience and we are happy with the quality of the finished product”.