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PV for Developers

In recent years housing developers were installing solar PV arrays to achieve their SAP or other building regulation requirements and this usually meant they would wish to install very small systems, sometimes as low as just one 250W panel. Today, buyers of new homes are looking for solar PV system to be included with a new property so the demand is now to maximise the size of those systems.

Most housing developer’s initial impression of solar power has been supported by the myriad of retrofitted over-tile systems that have been installed, driven by the feed in tariff (FIT).

Fitting such a system to a new carefully designed property seems contrary to the philosophy of modern visually pleasing designs, but at the same time they wish to produce a home that is efficient to run and that utilises renewable technology that also helps to achieve this aim.

GB-Sol produces an aesthetic solution to this dilemma, the RIS roof integrated system.
By integrating the panels into the fabric of the roof and producing panels that are complimentary to the structure, the array will fit in well with most modern designs.

The RIS system is an integrated system and fits directly to the battens, or decking, of a new home so the developer only has to provide a suitable roof elevation (facing somewhere between East through the ideal South direction to West) to install an array.

The system is supplied complete with flashings and once installed the roofer just treats it like a large roof light and tiles around the array.

The Benefits of Solar Panels for Housing Developments

The RIS system has been tested under simulated hurricane conditions by BRE and we have over 20 years of installation history without issue.
Attracts the FIT and saves the new owner significant energy cost.
It replaces the roof covering for the area of the array, so saving between £50 -£150m² which can be offset against the cost of the installation. Typically a 4kW roof occupies around 23m².
The system compliments the property's design, and can be produced to fit most roofs whatever the shape.
Install it with a smart switch and the system will also heat the water system (through the immersion heater) maximising the energy used before exporting any unused energy to the grid.
 

And as one developer’s sales team commented “solar PV on our products is an amazing sales benefit”. So if you have been searching ‘Solar for Housing Developers’, give us a call today.

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PV Slate has now been extended to a full roof system

 PV Slate is now available edge-to-edge. It is now almost impossible to distinguish GB-Sol's PV Slates from natural slates, as the system has been extended to be able to cover the whole roof.

GB-Sol first full roof PV Slate scheme has now been commissioned at Pilton Methodist Church Hall in Somerset, with the support of local architect Roger Barnes.  140 PV Slates were used, generating 3.85kWp of power and replacing 420 natural slates.  The system works with a Tesla Powerwall installed by our friends Solarsense for a complete solar & battery system.

PV Slate creates stunning roofs that have the look and feel of natural slate combined with the hidden electricity generating power of high efficiency solar cells.  PV Slates can also be fitted right alongside natural slates and come with a 25 year warranty.

Manufactured in Wales, the GB-Sol PV Slates have been designed and independently tested to withstand the extremes of the UK weather.  Popular with UK Local Authority planning departments, churches and listed buildings:  PV Slate is the perfect solution where aesthetics are vitally important.

 

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Stunning Wiltshire Roof Integrated System

GB-Sol installs another striking edge to edge Roof Integrated System (RIS) roof, turning a new garage’s roof into a powerful solar generator.

 

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