Case study

University of Warwick

As part of the University’s ongoing sustainability strategy, they we looking to add Solar PV to 8 existing buildings across the campus. This is a continuation of the University’s long-term efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Project Overview

We were appointed as the Principal Contractor and Designer. The installation was under full CDM regulations with all drawings, RAMS, CPP etc provided.


The project possessed it challenges as the installations would be going ahead whilst over 29,000 students were on the campus. Crane lifts, scaffold erecting, material deliveries and shutdowns all had to be conducted with minimal disruption to the ongoing operations on site. We worked with the client to arrange an onsite compound and weekend lifts to deliver the best results.

System Details

We pride ourselves on providing an engineering solution to an engineering problem. As such, equipment selection is an essential part of the process.


Carbon savings were a key driver for the University, so we proposed a Eurener 450W All Black panel. Recent studies have shown the embodied carbon of a European solar panel is around 25% of the equivalent panel supplied from Asia.


Another key factor was safety and risk management. That made the inverter choice easy. Solar Edge provide market leading safety features with their inverter and optimisers solutions. These include safe DC, arc detection and interruption, and firefighter gateways.


The total system of 904kw (2,009 panels) is expected to generate 795MWh per annum with 154 tonne of carbon saved, the equivalent to 7,058 trees.


The system will save £198,000 per annum and payback within 6 years.

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