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Allen Fabrications Ltd - Commercial landlord

Landlord invests to turn empty roof space into a profitable asset

Allen Fabrications Ltd are a high quality industrial and agricultural building designer and manufacturer who have been established for over 40 years. They also own, let and manage their own commercial property portfolio. Based in Evesham, Allen Fabs' clients are located throughout the Midlands and South Worcestershire. Allen Fabs have several commercial buildings at Vale Park West Industrial Estate in Evesham which they were looking to install solar PV..

Choosing quality

Following several meetings and a competitive quote situation, Craig clearly saw the benefits of using a professional firm, like Mypower, who have strong customer and project management skills and who would keep his tenants 'on board' throughout the project. Also when it comes to construction, Allen Fabs know the importance of using a quality solar installation team who are appropriately trained and qualified to work on roofs and who ensure care is taken not to cause damage to the roof. They had already been offered lower performing and cheaper solar modules as an alternative, however Craig appreciated the benefits of using the high quality, high yielding but more expensive panels. For these reasons and along with an excellent project management background, the contract was awarded to Mypower. 

Within 2 months of the first meeting, all consents had been obtained, systems designed, installed and operational, all fully managed by Mypower on behalf of Allen Fabs.

 

Redundant roof space becomes profit source for landlord

  • A ROI in excess of 17% for turning a roof space liability into an asset.
  • A greater attraction to tenants and improves letting ability.
  • Improves the building's EPC rating, ensuring that the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are met, and penalties avoided.
  • Additional protection given to the roof by reducing UV deterioration.
  • Minimal maintenance and running costs as solar is easily be managed by an admin function.
  • Carbon reductions to landlord's business portfolio.

 

Win:win for landlord and tenant

  • Allen Fabs share some of the commercial benefits with their tenants by offering a discounted electricity rate, passing on a 15% discount from 15.3p to 13p/unit.
  • Protection against rising electricity demand as Tenants electricity requirements are likely to increase as demand for electricity grows with EV’s and therefor a greater need for cheaper, cleaner electricity.
  • Tenant's customers and employees see a very tangible demonstration of how their business is tackling climate change. 
  • Almost 12 tonnes of CO2 avoided per annum.
  • Protection against rising electricity costs with increased requirements as tenants progress fleet vehicles to electric and therefor a greater need for low cost cleanelectricity to charge with.

 

Five systems and counting

We've now installed a total of five commercial solar PV systems for Allen Fabs. Craig can now sit at his desk and monitor the daily solar production on his laptop knowing that as a landlord this was a good investment, turning dead roof space into a profitable asset. Craig is now looking at other buildings within his portfolio to assess their suitability for solar PV. We look forward to many more projects with Allen Fabs.

Attracting tenants

"I had been thinking about investing in renewable energies to make our properties more attractive to tenants. Solar was a logical investment and offers protection against rising electricity costs which means we can pass the savings onto our tenants."

Craig Sharp, Managing Director, Allen Fabrications Ltd

Key facts and predictions for one of Allen Fabs' 50kW installations at 2020 rates

  • 50kW supplied and installed by Mypower costing £32,500 (exc. VAT)
  • 47,000kWh  of electricity produced per annum
  • 4.38 p/kwh - equivalent forward purchase price of 1,082,391 units of electricity over 25 years including estimated O&M costs.
  • 11.9 T - CO2 emissions avoided per annum.
  • £5,739 - Projected first year income and savings, assuming 75% onsite usage.
  • 17.7% - Projected first year return on capital invested, before capital allowance benefits.
  • 5.7 years - System payback before finance, tax and capital allowance benefits.
  • £232,425 - Total projected income and savings over 25 years after indexation. 
  • 68% saving from solar PV electricity compared to grid supplied electricity at 15.3 p/kWh.

Managing Director, Craig Sharp...

"I had been thinking about investing in renewable energies to make our properties more attractive to tenants. Solar was a logical investment and offers protection against rising electricity costs which means we can pass the savings onto our tenants".