£180k solar system for college roof

2nd March 2023

A MAJOR solar photovoltaic array is to be installed on the roof of a college building by Procast.

The project to supply and fit the 372-panel system at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride will commence this month (March, 2023) and is scheduled for completion in approximately three weeks.

With a value of about £180,000, the commission was procured through a mini competition via Scotland Excel Contractors Framework LOT 4 for Renewable and Energy Storage Measures.

Although it is an individual contract, the project is similar to the works carried out by Procast at both Strathaven Airfield and Strathaven Rugby Club.

It is being headed up by the company’s in-house design technician Jamie Campbell – who conceived the proposed system and will lead all technical matters – and he will be supported operationally by Frank McManus and John Patrick commercially, with the assistance of buyer Jennifer Strain.

As the existing college roof is metal, Procast will use a Renusol Metasole+ mounting system for the 150 kWh panels.

Careful planning, sequencing and segregation of works will be involved, as the college will be fully operational through the duration of the contract.

A Procast spokesman said: “We are thoroughly delighted to be given the opportunity of working with South Lanarkshire College – in particular curriculum Manager James Jamieson – to design and install a solar photovoltaic system to the roof of one of their campus buildings.

“This solution will support SLC in their commitment to green energy generation and reducing their carbon footprint.

“It will also vastly reduce their energy consumption from the Grid.

“The system being installed will generate about 122,050 kWh per annum, provide a self-sufficiency level of 42% and avoid CO2 emissions of 58,000 kilos per year.”

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