E.ON has installed a 250kWp array on its flagship £3 million Energy Centre building in Cranbrook, Devon.

The energy supplier is using the newly-completed Energy Centre to provide sustainable and cost-effective energy to the local community by operating a local district heating network as well as generating electricity through solar. The 250kWp system installed on the roof of the centre will help supply 2,900 local homes, negating the emission of 82 tonnes of carbon every year.   

The curved roof of the Energy Centre presented a particular challenge for the solar installer, TGE Group. In order to maintain the warranty of the roof, TGE Group implemented a specialist mounting system based on a Euroclad fastening that did not penetrate the roof to house the system’s 1,063 Trina 235W solar panels.

Commenting on the complexity of the install, Rupert Higgin, managing director of TGE Group said: “This was a challenging project but one that shows how renewable technology can be adapted to any building in order to meet the client’s needs and their energy requirements. The energy generated will help power new homes and give a glimpse of how communities in the future will power and run their homes and businesses.”

The installation marks another important project in the mid-scale commercial market, which Greg Barker has promised to “mobilise” this year following disappointing install levels.