Powering Broadmead Academy using the Sun

The team at Bright Spark in partnership with Ecosphere Renewables have just completed the implementation of a 50KWp Solar PV system at Broadmead Primary Academy in Croydon, South London.

Broadmead Primary Academy recently benefitted from a new roof so was ideal to install a 50KWp Solar PV array.  The system has been designed specifically to maximise the impact of the baseload of the Academy minimising any exported energy.

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The project threw up some surprises during installation with a missing phase on the incoming power connection to the grid that was not identified by the District Network Operator.  Collectively we adapted the design to work on a multiple single phase installation at no further cost to the customer. 

Some facts and figures on the project:

  • Installation of 192 Bisol 260W Solar Panels and 9 Solis Inverters
  • Estimated to generate 48,100 kWhs per annum - approximately 35% of the Academies electricity requirements onsite
  • Installed by Eco Sphere - REAch2 Strategic Solar PV Partner
  • Funded by Less is More Capital Social Enterprise Fund
  • Significant reduction in CO2
  • Benefit from the FITs subsidisies for the next 20 years

Estimated kWh generation by Solar PV at Broadmead