Solar PV for Barn Conversion in Read, Lancashire
Ecoliving was approached by the clients who had been refused Planning Permission for the installation of a 16 panel (2.88kWp) on-roof solar PV array by a local solar PV installation company. Planning permission was required, as the property is a barn conversion, with their permitted development rights removed. The local Planning Department refused the application on the grounds that it "...would represent incongruous additions to the building to the detriment of its appearance and character..." and, not satisfied with the outcome, they approached Jonathan at the Ecoliving Lancashire office for a possible alternative solution.
After Jonathan's brief consultation with the local Planning department, an application was made for a 2.64kWp solar PV array, consisting of 12 solid black panels (220W each) installed within the roof. By removing an area of stone roof tiles, it was proposed that the panels would be fixed directly onto mounting rails attached to the tile battens which are overlaid on a water tight membrane. Solid black frame / black laminate panels were proposed to reduce the visual impact of the panels and by installing the panels in the roof the top face of the panels would be virtually level with the top face of the existing stone tiles. In addition, the area of the 12 panels proposed represented a 10% reduction in area on the original application with only an 8% reduction in output. After an eight week process Planning permission was granted on the basis that the new proposal had satisfactorily addressed the reason for refusal of the previous application.
Having satisfied the Planning Department and Spring approaching, the work to install the panels commenced immediately. Following a tough installation on an aging building and faced with a bowing roof and fragile roof tiles the solar PV array was delivered with very pleasing results.
"Hello Jonathan, We don't mind you taking photos of our lovely array of solar PV panels at all. We are tickled pink with them! It is so exciting to watch the meter and I have never been so thrilled about a sunny day. Whatever difficulties your team experienced in putting the panels in, they were very stoic with us; I know these old buildings can be a bit trying. Thank-you for your help with the planning permission problem and I must admit that I am rather pleased we had to have the set-in version in the end, they do look much better.
The property owners will receive an income for every kilowatt hour of electricity generated and what they use themselves they will save on their electricity bill. The net annual gain is expected to be over £1,100 and they will continue to receive this, and more as electricity prices rise, tax free for 25 years. The solar PV array will save around 1.1 tonne of carbon every year.
12 x 220Wp (2.64kWp) Kioto black frame / black laminate panels
Intersole roof integrated mounting system
Orientation - South
Estimated annual output - 2200kWh