Dozens of new homes on the UK’s largest zero carbon housing development are benefitting from new roof integrated photovoltaics (PV) used to produce sustainable solar energy.
The integrated PV roof tiles supplied by Romag have been installed as part of the £12m Park Dale housing development in Castleford, West Yorkshire, where over 90 homes for social and intermediate rent have been built to comply with Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The new roof-top solar technology at Park Dale combines renewable energy generation with a glass laminate design to enable the PV cells to blend sympathetically into the fabric of the housing scheme. The system is watertight and complies with building standards as well as fire control and airtightness regulations.
Heating demand at Park Dale is expected to be one fifth of the average UK home with associated energy bills around 40% lower than an average household.
The PV technology has been designed to seamlessly integrate with regular slate tiles to form an eye-catching central feature on the south facing roof of each of the two, three and four bedroomed houses on the development.
Beco, one of the UK’s leading PV designers and installers, commissioned Romag to produce the 562mm x 1247mm panels to produce upwards of 83W of power.
Nigel Brunton-Reed, managing director at Beco, said: “Romag’s PV solution met the requirement for advanced technology to deliver not only a cutting edge, large scale zero carbon development, but also one that’s realistic, affordable and can be replicated across the UK.”
Romag is the UK’s leading supplier of roof integrated PV systems for the housing sector, with modules that can replace an area of the proposed roof finish and work with all types of covering, from slate through clay to concrete interlocking tiles.
The system combines Romag’s experience of producing high quality PV products with a guaranteed, simple-to-install fixing system that can be utilised as a ‘whole roof’ solution. Panels are available in four different sizes to comply with budget and aesthetic requirements, and can be installed on new build, re-roofing and retrofit project schemes. Product comes with a 20 year performance guarantee.