North East based school installs solar PV and benefits from energy savings and an average income of over £20,000 a year.
St Thomas More is a Roman Catholic Comprehensive School that opened its doors in 1967. It then converted to academy status in 2012, providing for the educational needs of 11 to 19 year olds. The school has gone on to almost double in size.
Over time the school had started to notice a steady rise in their energy bills and decided to speak to Qore Energy regarding their options. The school wanted to secure their future from the inevitable rise in energy costs, lower their electricity bills and importantly reduce the carbon footprint of the property/building.
To achieve a reduction in energy costs, St Thomas More invested in a 50kW Solar PV system, which was installed onto the south facing elevation of the building. The assessment carried out by Qore Energy reassured the school that the amount of renewable electricity generated by the panels would provide an annual return of 23% together with a payback period of only 6 years.
Qore Energy was able to offer the latest in Solar PV technology – a 200 panel SolarEdge, 3 phase inverter system. This maximises power production through module-level technology, providing up to 25% more energy thereby increasing energy yield and delivering faster return on investment. The system also provides customers with optimal roof utilisation and enhanced maintenance, meaning the installation can be viewed anytime, anywhere online.
From the installation of the Solar PV system, St Thomas More School is estimated to save over £4000 on their electricity costs in year 1. Over the 20 year period they are set to save over £235,000 (index linked) on their electricity bills, as well as benefitting from an extra £171,604.40 through the government guaranteed Feed-in-Tariff.
We had been increasingly concerned about the rise in our energy bills over the last couple of years and were extremely impressed with the estimated savings provided by Qore. The SolarEdge system installed allows the school to track the performance of the panels. It is a fantastic way for the pupils to see the energy we are saving and green energy we are producing. The system is definitely worth the investment and we would certainly recommend that if other schools can install a Solar PV System, they should.
Jim Thomson, Financial Manager
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