Bright Sparks at Science Park

The University of Wolverhampton Science Park in conjunction with Caplor Energy in April completed a landmark solar photovoltaic project aimed at reducing the centre’s carbon emissions and promoting low carbon technologies.

Caplor Energy designed, installed and commissioned the 49.59kWp solar PV array which will provide over 40,000kWh of electricity each year and save over 20 tonnes of CO2 each year. Consisting of 261 solar panels, the system covers a roof area the equivalent of two tennis courts, and will provide electricity for the Science Park complex. The electricity generated by the solar array will be broadcast on a public display unit in the reception area of the Science Park.

Andrew Gilson, Director at the University’s Science Park says: “The science park was designed with sustainability in mind from the outset and so it makes perfect sense for us to now incorporate solar panels on the roof. We expect these solar panels to provide around 10 – 15% of the energy requirements of the Science Park.

Jamie Baldwin, Business Development Manager at Caplor Energy says: “We’re delighted to be working with the Science Park on this venture. Using solar PV generated electricity at Science Parks can be really effective. Most complexes have large roof spaces ideal for solar energy technologies and will almost always use all the electricity generated onsite thus maximising the energy and carbon savings.”

Under the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, the University will not only make savings on its electricity bill, but will also receive regular payments over a 25-year period based on the electricity generated from the PV system.

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