British Gas Solar were invited by Land Mark Energy as part of a scheme with Suffolk Flag Ship Housing to tender for the installation of 24 x Solar Thermal collectors to heat a large Pre heat store and then divert excess energy to a heat exchanger installed within the central heating system so that the solar system will contribute towards the central heating and the domestic hot water. Hot Solar Water are the preferred supplier to British Gas. This system has been installed on a extra care home for the elderly with laundry facilities and as such has a very high all year round Domestic Hot Water and Central heating demand so the installation of a solar thermal system will greatly benefit this type of building.
24 x TS300 Award Winning panels were installed as they have excellent performance and are a quality streamline looking product that suited both the requirements for power output and aesthetics. They were installed in 3 banks of 8 on A’ frames. Structural calculations were made and additional timbers were fitted, these were weathered over by a specialist roofing contractor and then the A’ frames were fixed to the timbers.
This system will contribute around 20,000 Kwh’s per annum towards the domestic hot water and heating requirements and with the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive it could be set to produce an annual income of £2000 and gas savings of £1000 thus bringing the payback down to considerably. A display was fitted in the reception area so that the residents can monitor the systems performance.
British Gas Solar Limited
Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh
Hampshire , SO53 2TA