250kWp Winterpick Business Park, Hurstpierpoint

Cleaning, Installation, Maintenance

We were approached by Steve Mills, the Managing Director of this industrial business park to explore how photo-voltaics could work for them and their sub-metered tenants. SolarGain enables the business park to benefit from financial savings on the clean and sustainable energy produced by the 250kWp system that we sell to them, as well as an income stream from the energy sales to their tenants.

250kWp Winterpick Business Park, Hurstpierpoint

NWT approached Steve Mills to discuss options for installing renewable energy at one of his properties in West Sussex. Following discussions, NWT supplied Steve with a proposal to install just over a thousand solar modules onto the roof at Winterpick Business Park, with no initial cost to his business.

Winterpick is home to numerous tenants, ranging from utility services contractors to office furniture manufacturers. With this many activities taking place at the site, electricity demand is high and any measures to reduce overheads were welcome. With one of the businesses at the park concentrating on renewable resourcing and recycling, the addition of solar generation also provided an instant PR boost – allowing them to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability to potential customers.

Expected generation (2013) 225,000kWh
Actual generation 230,000kWh
Energy used on-site 70%
Annual savings £8395

After agreeing overall terms via a Power Purchase Agreement, NWT began to undertake a careful analysis of the site activities and requirements. This process saw us communicating with the local electricity Distribution Network Operator, UK Power Networks, to establish whether the local grid infrastructure was suitable, as well as investigating the practicalities of delivering a solar system on this scale. Due to the on-site infrastructure it was necessary to install a bespoke custom-made G59 relay cabinet to make the connection; even with this consideration the whole installation process was completed within six weeks.