Cherwell Council has installed two large-scale solar arrays to help meet the council’s ambitious sustainable goals. Myriad Solar were approached by the council to help reduce fossil fuel and overall energy use of two Oxfordshire-based leisure centres by designing and installing two bespoke arrays for the Kidlington Sports Centre and the Spiceball Leisure Centre.

After a competitive tender process, Myriad Solar won out by impressing the council with their comprehensive health and safety management, contract management, pricing and quality.

As part of the investment Kidlington Sports Centre was fitted with a 99.6kWp solar array, consisting of 415 Upsolar panels connected to a series of five SMA inverters. The complex nature of the sport centre’s roof provided a particular challenge to the Melton Mowbray-based installer, as modules had to be fitted to a curved metal seam clamp roof. The system is expected to provide the Kiddlington Sports Centre with 76,572kWh of clean energy a year, saving over 40 tonnes of CO2 in the process.

Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury saw 240modules fitted by Myriad that total a system capacity of 56.6kWp. Partnered with three SMA inverters the array is expected to help the Spiceball save over 23 tonnes of CO2 per year by generating 44,282kWh of clean energy every year.

Myriad Solar also installed monitoring systems to each of the systems that will help the centres monitor the performance of the systems, and allow Myriad to respond quickly to any defects of faults within the system.