CAVERSHAM GROUP PRACTICE
Caversham Group Practice is an established teaching and training practice in the London borough of Camden with 15,000 registered patients. They have a full complement of attached staff and they run a number of outreach specialist clinics that enable them to provide convenient and rapid access to specialist NHS services.
PUNL completed the installation of the 30kWp PV solar array at The Caversham Group Practice mid-March 2019.
The site has been registered for the Feed-in Tariff and the panels are generating solar electricity and performing well.
Joju Solar has a dashboard which shows how much renewable electricity is being generated from the system.
PUNL has an annual operation and maintenance contract for the panels and this will mean their performance will be regularly monitored to check they are working at the correct level.
The project aim was to install 29.1kWp of PV solar panels on the south and west facing roofs of the Practice. The panels are estimated to generate c26,944 kWh of electricity annually, and to meet between 60 % and 70% of the projected daytime electricity consumption, while displacing 9.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
PUNL approached CGP about this project through a mutual contact in the Kentish Town Transition Group. We applied to the GLA for a grant to undertake the feasibility study and were awarded £12,940 in February 2018.
Since securing the GLA grant PUNL project managed this study and established that the building has a suitable EPC rating to attract the feed-in-tariff and a roof that can comfortably bear the load of the proposed PV solar panels. PUNL worked with CGP on the legal arrangements underlying the roof lease.
We also participated in two community engagement events to reach out to local residents and to create awareness of the project.
CGP has a very engaged patient participation group, whose purpose is to foster effective communication between the practice and its patients. They also run regular community events to support good nutrition, health and wellbeing. This initiative is a positive step in building further community cohesion through a shared interest in the environmental benefits of renewable energy and also the opportunity for patients to invest in a local community share offer. This project will also deliver annual financial savings in electricity costs for CGP.
We will provide further updates on the progress of this project in the coming months.