Solar PV - New commercial or agricultural building
Constructing a commercial or agricultural building?
If you are planning to construct a new commercial or agricultural building, now is the time to plan the installation of solar PV. Installing solar PV as part of your new build process, or even when replacing a roof, will save a considerable amount of money compared to a retro-fit scenario. Solar PV can reduce your electricity costs by 50 to 70% and give you approximately 15% return on investment.
Engaging with us at an early stage may influence some design principles for accomodating solar, such as building layout, when and where to include skylights, and the size and availability of electrical connections. Other costs can be minimised by selecting the most cost-effective roof covering for solar, and considering requirements for planning and structural assessments as part of the main project. At installation stage, roof-top safety and access costs are also minimised as you are only incurring them once as a part of the main construction.
Solar PV offers...
- Electricity at around 1/3 of the price you currently pay.
- Fixed price electricity for 25 years at 4 to 5 pence per unit.
- A return on investment (ROI) of 15%+.
- Average payback of 5-7 years.
- Reduction of your carbon footprint.
- Cash flow positive with asset finance in as little as 12-24 months.
- Clean fuel for electric vehicles.
Rocket Rentals, a Gloucestershire based plant hire business, approached Mypower at an early stage for advice on how to maximise their return from solar PV on their planned new building. Because Rocket Rentals engaged with Mypower prior to construction of their new commercial premises, they saved on installation costs.
Being involved at this early stage meant that Mypower could provide advice on what Rocket Rentals should consider during the design and build process in order to save on installation costs of solar PV. By considering details like electricity connection, the timing of the solar install with existing scaffolding and netting in place, and the design and layout of the solar installation, they achieved significant cost savings.
"As we have expanded the business, our power costs have increased. With solar offering cheaper electricity, a good return on investment and the commercial benefits of being a "green" plant hire company, it was not a difficult decision to make. The solar will also really help us towards our ISO 14000 accreditation.
We were very pleased with the first installation Mypower did for us in 2011 and had no qualms in asking them to quote for the industrial solar panels for our new building. The upfront advice received from Mypower was very helpful and their involvement with Western Power Distribution saved us some money. Ben worked with us every step of the way to dovetail the installation in with the erection of the new building, saving us money on access and scaffolding. He was very professional in all that he did, taking control but keeping us fully informed throughout the project and dealing with all the paperwork. The installation team were friendly, helpful and flexible with all going to plan and the deadlines being met."
Simon Tomblin, Managing Director - Rocket Rentals
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If you're designing a new commercial property, or bringing an old one up to date, and want to know how solar PV electricity can benefit your business, please get in touch.
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