This is a particularly exciting installation as it is so suited to the building’s use. Parties stay there for the adventurous activities, and they use a lot of hot water for showers. So we arranged for two immerSUN controllers to feed excess solar electricity into the immersion tanks. This should make a huge difference to the amount of electricity bought in to the building, and a high proportion of the solar power generated will be used in the building. We hope that this sort of intelligent design can find its way into more installations like this, and look forward to seeing how much carbon and money is saved by Ackers, who enable thousands of young people from urban areas to enjoy outdoor activities.
The 40 panels were put up by New World Home Energy and CEB used loans from local supporters to pay for the new solar roof.