Met Office solar system exceedes estimations
PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 September 2013
Despite some poor weather over the past 12 months, a new Met Office solar system has out-performed initial estimations at the Exeter HQ in the first year.
Although the sun has been fierce this summer, official statistics show that 2012 was one of the wettest years on record for the UK and June 2012 was the least sunny in records dating back to 1910. Despite this though, the Met Office’s solar PV array still managed to generate a remarkable 221,854kWh (747 kWh more than estimated) of renewable electricity. That’s enough electricity to power more than 67 houses. Peter Clayton-White, Building Services Engineer at the Met Office, said: “Since the array was installed in June last year we’ve seen six months of below average sunshine and one of the wettest summers on record, but the system has still provided more power than we expected – which is very encouraging looking to the future of this investment.” The Met Office’s vast solar PV array was completed by SunGift - a renewable energy specialist that offers a personal design service - in June 2012 and generates around 1,000 kWhs of electricity per day, which is enough to meet the demand of one of the organisation’s supercomputers. Gareth Walton, of Exeter-based SunGift Energy, says: “This is great news for anyone thinking of to opting for solar PV. The Met Office’s solar system demonstrates how beneficial solar PV is for both non-domestic and domestic customers. “It has reduced their electricity bills, helping protect them from rising energy costs, generated a substantial income from the Feed-in Tariff, and cut their carbon emissions, boosting their green credentials.” In the year since installing the Met Office’s system, SunGift has installed more solar PV systems for both householders and businesses and other non-domestic customers, including Numatic International in Chard who manufacture Henry vacuum cleaners and Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council. Demand for solar PV and other renewable energy technologies continues to be strong, with SunGift installing over 2 MW of systems in 2013 alone so far.