We were appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission two roof mounted solar PV systems at the Mid And West Wales Fire And Rescue Services’ Headquarters in Carmarthen and the Earlswood Training Centre in Neath. The sites house the fire service headquarters, training centre, and accommodation block, lecture rooms and offices.
Our scope of works included the design, CDM compliance, DNO agreement and connection, site mobilisation and set up, installation, testing and commissioning, handover/user training and ongoing operations and management.
We undertook detailed site surveys including confirming structural soundness of the roof, site orientation, electrical infrastructure, scaffolding requirements and any Health and Safety requirements. We designed each of the sites to the client’s specification and completed DNO applications on behalf of the client to Western Power Distribution. At design stage, we ensured efficient tailoring and design of systems to maximise the potential generation capacity for identified spaces. This ensured that the systems are capable of delivering the greatest return on investment.
At the Service Headquarters we installed a 11kWp PV system consisting of approximately 40 panels. At the Earlswood Training Centre, we installed a 91.8kWp system consisting of approximately 320 panels. Given the critical nature of the sites, we carefully planned the work, ensuring flexibility in our approach to meet the client’s preferences for works phasing.
We reviewed and benchmarked existing energy use, developed a business case for the solution and following installation, took responsibility for testing and commissioning, and quantified the energy savings resulting from the improvement/upgrade including how this was calculated. The systems save 6,609kg CO2 per annum, resulting in a considerable improvement on energy performance management across both sites. Works for this project were completed within four weeks of commencement, including handover.