Hills Road Sixth Form benefits from solar PV

Reaching new heights with solar photovoltaic installation

Hills RoadE.ON’s Sustainable Energy business has today (DATE) announced two exciting new energy saving solar PV projects, demonstrating its flexibility in delivering energy saving solutions across a wide range of public and private organisations throughout the UK.

Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, one of the UK’s best-respected sixth form colleges, is set to achieve electricity savings of up to £16,6641 a year following the completion of a solar PV contract with E.ON. The agreement has seen the installation of a 50kWp PV array onto the roof of the Science building and related display monitoring equipment, which is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by over 23 tonnes2 per annum.

E.ON’s second new community scheme saw a partnership evolve with Willow Park Housing Trust to install 49.35kWp solar PV system onto the main roof of Benchill Community Centre in Wythenshawe, Manchester. The community centre is a key facility for the local community through its offering of out of school holiday provision and full range of facilities including an all-weather pitch, games area and IT suite. By partnering with E.ON, carbon savings of 19.93 tonnes per year are expected.

The completion of these two projects demonstrates E.ON’s strength in delivering carbon reduction schemes to organisations of varying sizes, helping them to minimise energy costs and improve efficiency by delivering the most effective and cost-efficient technology – in this case, solar PV.

Thomas Buss, Head of Microgen for E.ON says: “We’re delighted to announce these latest projects which demonstrate E.ON’s desire to continue our long term investment across a broad spectrum of communities. Solar installations provide vital technology that can have real benefits in terms of costs and carbon savings. The success of such projects is noted by many of our partners who continue to invest in these schemes.”

Nigel Standbridge, Estates Bursar, Hills Road Sixth Form College says: “Hills Road have been involved in energy saving projects in the past including insulation, lighting and double glazing and projects like the solar install help us to drive down our energy costs significantly, freeing up funds for reinvestment into the College.”

1 Based on a 50kWp array, electricity generation estimated to be around 43Mwhrs of the schools electricity consumption. Assuming an electricity import price of 13.3p/kWh.

2 Based on a 50kWp PV system, generating an estimated 39,362kWh per year, which equates to annual carbon saving of 22,357 tonnes of CO2

3 Based on a 49.35kWp PV system, generating an estimated 37,940kWh per year, which equates to an annual carbon saving of 19.9 tonnes of CO2 (Carbon Trust figure of 0.5246kg CO2e / kWh)

Notes to editors:
• E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, retailing power and gas, developing gas storage and undertaking gas and oil exploration and production. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. E.ON employs around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
• In the UK, E.ON supplies power and gas to around five million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers – meaning the company has to buy approximately 122.7 billion kWh of power and gas each year to meet their needs. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers' needs, and is helping customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even generate their own power;
• In an industry first, E.ON has launched its Reset Review - a process that will examine every aspect of E.ON's relationship with its customers. It will look at tariffs and bills, at how customers pay, at how products are sold, and how support is offered to customers. To do this E.ON will work with its independent Customer Council, directly with its customers and engage with consumer advocacy groups and other interested parties to undertake the Reset Review. As a result, E.ON will put customers back in control of their energy, which will be simply communicated and transparently fair;
• E.ON's generation portfolio includes world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations. E.ON is a market leader in combined heat and power (CHP), and is one of the UK's leading green generators with 20 wind farms and the UK's first wave power generator, with another 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development;
• One of the many ways E.ON leads the energy industry is through its commitment to market liquidity and transparency as evidenced by its actions on the day-ahead UK power markets including the N2EX auction. E.ON was the first company to sign a gross-bidding agreement with N2EX and leads the market with a volume equivalent to some 50% of E.ON UK’s generation activity being traded so far this year.

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