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Jacob Eco-Energy installs one of Manchester's biggest solar installations at former home of Manchester City
Kilpatrick CommunicationsApr 23, 2012 17:38 BST
The company has installed the huge solar array on the roof of Maine Place, a new eco-friendly housing development at the former Maine Road home of Manchester City Football Club.
A 49.6 kW Solar PV system of 207 panels has been installed on Maine Place's landmark curved roof. This will generate 952,000 kWh of renewable electricity over the next 25 years, enough to make 9.52 million cups of tea (almost four cups for every resident of Greater Manchester).
The green power will be generated even on cloudy days, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 500 tonnes over a 25 year period. This equates to the environmental benefit of a 107 acre pine forest (about the size of 70 football pitches), or taking 1500 cars off the road.
The renewable technology, supported by the Government’s Feed in Tariff incentive, is also expected to deliver a financial return of £434,170 over 25 years.
Maine Place has been developed by Prospect (GB) Ltd, which has opened the first phase of the 330-home development, together with a new community school. A range of houses and apartments are available for sale, combining the advantages of renewable solar power with advanced eco-friendly construction. The contemporary homes also have excellent 'Secure by Design' security features.
Maurice Palfreyman of Prospect (GB) said: "Our residents have some of the greenest homes in the city thanks to our ambitious solar scheme. We are very proud of our sustainable housing development and the contribution we are making to reducing Manchester's carbon footprint."
Chris Franks, Managing Director of Jacob Eco Energy said: “This was a major installation, which required our specialist knowledge of construction and roofing structures to carry out the installation. As a 'City' fan it was a real privilege to be involved in bringing new life to the site of the former stadium." Jacob Eco Energy was the first business in Salford and central Manchester to become an official Microgeneration Certification Scheme approved installer of solar PV technology.
Jacob Eco Energy are exhibiting at the GreenBuild Expo in Manchester (9-10 May). Visit stand F5 for an opportunity to win a solar powered radio