Norbar Tools

Norbar Tools get tooled up with Solar PV

Challenge

To scope, survey, design, supply and install solar panels for the Norbar Tools factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The project involved a very tight timescale of only five weeks from contract signature to full commission in order to meet the Feed-in Tariff deadline. This was also a community-funded project by the Low Carbon Hub with no upfront costs to Norbar Tools.

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Project ERIC

Social Housing tenants in Rose Hill reduce energy bills through the installation of solar PV.

Project ERIC (Energy Resources for Integrated Communities) is a collaborative research project part funded by the UK government (Innovate UK) to investigate how using innovative energy storage technology can help a community to save energy. Working in collaboration with  Oxford City Council, GreenSquare, Bioregional and Moixa Technology. Joju were chosen as the Solar PV provider for the project. Project ERIC represents a £1.2 million investment in Rose Hill over two years.

Project ERIC’s main aims were to help reduce the energy bills of low income residential tenants in the community while at the same time help generate long-term savings for the council and reduce the carbon footprint of the city. Project ERIC aims to demonstrate that 100% of Solar PV energy generated in Rose Hill can be used by the community.

Joju were proud to be a part of such an innovative and important research project that promoted community energy. We were selected as a partner and collaborator for the Project through the Buy for Good procurement framework, which recognised Joju as the highest ranked provider in the area. The City Council were also keen to select local suppliers to work on the Project.

Joju Solar led the installs of solar PV in Rose Hill alongside the council working to a very ambitious schedule in order to achieve the best possible Feed-in-Tariff. Joju were also supportive in helping the ERIC team support tenants and maximise the learnings within the project.

Oxford Bus Company

Pioneering joint Solar PV venture between Oxford Bus Company and the Low Carbon Hub.

In 2013, Joju installed a 143 kWp system on the roof of the Oxford Bus Company.  The system was funded by a community share offer, run by the Low Carbon Hub. It was a pioneering project run by a community group working alongside a major local business.

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Low Carbon Hub

People’s Power Station project uses solar energy from community buildings.

Low Carbon Hub (LCH) is one of the most innovative and exciting community carbon projects in the country. The LCH works collaboratively with a range of other community organisations by helping them to develop their own low carbon projects.

One of LCH’s most exciting projects is the People’s Power Station. The closure of Didcot A power station in 2015 gave LCH the idea of replacing part of its capacity with solar energy from several hundred houses and community buildings.

The first building to form part of the People’s Power Station was a 12.65kWp solar PV installation on Eynsham Community Hall installed by Joju Solar. The project, a collaboration with GreenTEA caught the imagination to such an extent that it was opened by David Cameron in September 2012.

For coverage on Solar Power Portal, please see here. If you’d like to get in touch with the Low Carbon Hub then you can email them at info@lowcarbonhub.org.

Joju work closely with LCH and delivered a range of exciting solar projects throughout 2013/14.

Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council takes a lead on solar PV.

Reading Borough Council was one of the first UK local authorities to spot the opportunity of solar energy when they installed solar photovoltaic systems on 43 public buildings back in 2011

Once Reading Borough Council had proved that solar PV could work on their corporate buildings, the next step was to look at their social housing stock. Could they make an investment that would produce an acceptable rate of return, reduce fuel poverty and cut the council’s carbon footprint?

Careful design
As genuine solar experts, Joju Solar understood that getting the most from Reading’s investment meant:
carrying out an accurate assessment of roofs;
finding the right balance of fixed and variable costs when deciding system size; and
selecting the right components to secure the best system for the price.

Joju Solar conducted a full desktop survey of all potential properties, identifying the 450 roofs most suitable for the systems. The final proposal comprised nearly 7,000 panels with a total generation capacity of 1.67 MWp – equivalent to powering 720,000 smartphones for an entire year.

Happy Tenants
Joju Solar had considerable experience of tenant liaison, developed during previous social housing contracts, and worked closely with the council to generate awareness and enthusiasm for the project. Both partners knew that, to have the greatest impact, tenants had to understand what was going on and appreciate the benefits that they stood to gain.

Cllr Richard Davies, Reading’s Lead Member for Housing, said: “We worked very hard to select the houses according to their suitability for solar panels, but in fact all tenants benefited from the project because those whose homes did not fit the criteria were provided with help to find other ways to reduce their energy consumption and their fuel bills.”

Smooth installation
Using installation teams and project managers with experience from previous social housing projects, Joju set about installing 450 PV systems in three months.

Solar PV – a quadruple win
The Reading project has attracted positive coverage in the local press. Joju Solar Founder and Commercial Director, Joe Michaels, is delighted: “Solar PV is a quadruple win for social housing landlords like Reading,” he says. “It provides a guaranteed financial return, an extension on roofing life, assistance with fuel poverty targets, and carbon savings.”

Fox Primary School

Fox Primary School shows its cunning with solar installation.

Challenge
To install an 18kWp installation on the flat roof of this primary school in Notting Hill, Joju Solar worked with the school to secure some of the last capital grants available, totalling 50% of the total cost.

“I’d have no hesitation in recommending Joju Solar. This was an exciting project for our school and unlike other projects we’ve carried out. This meant we needed an installer we could trust and understood the issues involved in working in a live school environment. Joju Solar installed our school’s PV system on time and on budget and worked in accordance with all our requirements. I found them helpful, professional and expert at what they did. Many thanks.” Paul Cotter, Headteacher

Solution
After much planning and discussions we decided to install the system over the half-term break so as to cause minimal disruption to pupil and school life. The project consisted of 98 PV modules connected to the 3-phase supply of the building. This allowed the installation team to carry out the project with little problems.

Rewards
By generating green electricity on their available roof space the school can now expect to save over 8 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year and reduce their electricity bills at the same time.