Client: Gwynedd Council and Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd (Housing Association)
Type of works: installation of Worcesters Greenskies solar panels in new build housing project.
A joint project between Gwynedd Council and Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd has seen four affordable homes, fitted with Worcesters Greenskies solar panels, completed in Maes y Pandy, Llanuwchllyn (pronounced Schan-ilch-lin) near Bala.
Dafydd Iwan, Gwynedd Councils Senior Portfolio Leader Development says: "Gwynedd Council has decided that providing people with comfortable homes which they can afford in their own communities is one of our highest priorities, and it gives us great satisfaction to see this project becoming a reality.
Special emphasis has been given on the sustainability side, ensuring a very high level of insulation in the units as well as solar panels, funded by Tai Clwyd. This will result in considerable savings to the occupiers with regards to the cost of hot water heating, in fact many elements of the building work exceed statutory standards.
Each of the four Llanuwchllyn properties has been installed with two FKC-1S Greenskies solar panels.
Bryn Davies, Development Manager at Tai Clwyd explains the reasons why they chose solar and Worcester:
We are currently working on an SAP reduction exercise for our affordable homes so we can monitor energy usage. These properties have electric storage heaters rather than central heating and these use a relatively low amount on energy already, so one of the best ways to make the homes even more efficient was to use solar thermal panels to heat the hot water. That was the main driver, but of course we also considered the reduced heating costs for our tenants and improving our green credentials, which are fantastic additional benefits.
We chose to work with Worcester because we agree with their company values and we know that if Worcester invests in a new product it will be top quality and very reliable. We also chose Worcester because of the Greenskies panels robust design, ease of fitting, and the fact that they are simple to operate. The network of Worcester approved service engineers and the support service they offer also gave us added reassurance.
We have also installed simple devices to encourage the use of rain water (butts) and we are aspiring to achieve a 'good' eco rating, which is quite an achievement, considering the rural location of the area.
A year ago, Worcester unveiled a new solar water heating package, which significantly enhanced the existing Greenskies solar system.
The new high-performance panels were specially developed with simple connections and with light-weight materials to aid installation. The new additions to the range are available in both portrait and landscape versions to maximise flexibility and installation choices.
Specifically tailored to meet the needs of the UK market and developed in line with helping meet the Governments target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050, the Greenskies FKC-1W, FKT-1S and FKT-1W solar panels have been designed as the ideal partner to the SEDBUK A rated Greenstar condensing regular and system boilers.
These additions include new wall mounting brackets for collectors, in-roof fixings kits for flush fitting and landscape panels to maximise installation choices.