BELECTRIC UK are proud to announce that their Lakeside Energy from Wasteproject in Berkshire has won the ‘Commercial Rooftop Installation’ Award at the Solar UK Industry Awards 2014.
Lakeside Energy from Waste is a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor. Situated close to Heathrow Terminal 5, the facility consumes 410,000 tonnes of London’s non-recyclable waste each year to generate 37 megawatts of electricity. In an effort to further the environmental standing of the joint venture, BELECTRIC UK was appointed in November 2013 to construct a solar PV rooftop system to generate energy on-site with the express purpose of powering this flagship facility.
BELECTRIC UK is known for its intelligent solar solutions. The company overcame a challenging work environment to install 1,000 solar panels using ropes and abseiling on one third of the south-facing curved roof at the back of the plant. Each year the system generates 230,500 Kwh of sustainable energy, and delivers a saving of 137,000 tonnes of carbon.
Toddington Harper, BELECTRIC UK CEO says We are delighted to have won this award for such an iconic building. The team worked extremely hard to ensure install this world class 250 kilowatt peak solar power system onto such a unique, tall building, without any disruption or downtime to the power production on site.
The purpose of the Solar UK Industry Awards is to recognise best practice, success stories and developments along the entire value chain of the solar industry “ from laboratory based technology developments to efficient system installation. The Awards focus on the people, processes and products that drive the solar industry forward. This award will be in good company on the BELECTRIC mantelpiece as the Company continues to be recognised for its unrivalled solar developments for rooftops, car parks and solar farms in the UK and internationally.
Indeed, the installation was also Highly Commended in the most-entered category “ Commercial Rooftop Installation “ at the Solar Power Portal Awards in Birmingham in October 2014.
Although the Lakeside Facility has been running for 4 years now, we are continuously trying to maximise operating efficiency “ particularly the amount of energy we use. We were surprised to learn that even in the UK, which is not known for brilliant weather, solar energy technology performs really well, and now generates the energy we need to run the plant operations. This was not a straightforward job because the curvature of the roof meant that very close attention had to be paid to health and safety. The BELECTRIC UK team worked very closely with us in this challenging environment and did an excellent job said Danny Coulston, Director of Operations, Lakeside Energy from Waste.