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Bordon Junior School has recently installed a Photovoltaic Energy Roof system

Bordon Junior School has recently had a roof replacement and the installed Photovoltaic Energy Roof system was part of the “grand eco scheme”.

The school first became involved with Eco Schools in 2007 and has achieved the Silver Award. The national Eco Schools standards match very closely with the aims of the school which strives to promote the care of the environment.

This ‘green’ theme has become an integral part of the school’s life. In keeping with the school’s ‘Eco’ theme, OCB Energy of Caterham, Surrey, installed 114.3m2 surface photovoltaic modules (IKO Solar F) providing a 6.120kWp system. These were adhered to IKO Reflect (a heat reflecting, energy saving roof membrane) that was part of a complete re-roof packageincluding cut to falls insulation. A small IKO Solar X module was also installed to provide a visual reference point.

The IKO Solar F system1 was chosen over other photovoltaic options due to it being easy to install, highly efficient in low light areas and extremely lightweight. The roof area to which the Solar F system was installed was of a lightweight construction, meaning a traditional ballasted crystalline photovoltaic system was not feasible due to excessive loading.

The school now has a superior roof which was installed with minimum disruption and maximum concern for safety, with Eco Schools Standards.

1IKO Solar F lightweight modules guarantee the highly efficient production of electricity in the form of flexible strips which are adhered horizontally and flat onto the selected IKO roofing membrane. With a weight of just 3.5kg/m2 IKO solar modules can be simply fitted to many common roof surfaces. The weather resistant solar modules incorporate triple junction technology and are designed to capture both direct and diffused sunlight, making them ideal for areas suffering from weaker light.