Highcross Estates 1000 Lakeside
Highcross Estates is a property fund manager, with a current portfolio of more than 19 million sq ft of industrial and office space, in major towns and cities across the UK. In line with an ambitious CSR policy that aims to measure energy efficiency and minimise carbon emissions from managed properties, Highcross Estates have decided to make a long-term investment in on-site solar PV generation, installing an impressive 250kWp array at their 1000 Lakeside building in Portsmouth.
The solar PV system is spread across three roof areas on the building and comprises of a mixture of mounting systems for flat roofs and pitched roofs. 1041 x ReneSolar panels are connected to SolarMax inverters and the 250kW system is expected to generate in the region of 229,750kWh of clean electricity per year. Occupiers of the prestigious 1000 Lakeside building will be able to benefit from a renewable energy source and total CO2e savings in the region of 91 tonnes per year will help to contribute towards their own carbon reduction targets.
Highcross Estates appointed Syzygy as a Renewables Consultant to specify, tender and inspect the project and the design and installation was completed by the GMI Energy team, who worked towards a very tight deadline on behalf of the client in order to meet Ofgem requirements. When Highcross Estates and Syzygy approached GMI, it was essential for the system to be installed, commissioned and witness-tested in front of the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) in just three weeks. To achieve this, GMI needed to be on site within a week of receiving the order!
As with the majority of large-scale rooftop installations, the project required careful planning and liaison with relevant client staff on site. Cranage was crucially timed and delivered by GMI's Contracts Manager over a weekend so as to minimise distruption, as was a site power shut down which was necessary for the system to be connected.
Read how the project was delivered in within a challenging three week programme and how the GMI team designed and delivered a complex yet high-quality design: