September saw the big switch on of our fourth T H WHITE solar system on one of our own buildings, this time on our new Nursteed Rd campus for the Energy Fire and Security, Cranes and Projects Division buildings.
The system was design and constructed by our own solar engineering team using solar panels and inverters from our partners Hanwha Qcells and Fronius respectively.
In total the system uses 928 solar panels and has a peak output of 248.48kwp, able to generate over 232,000units of electricity a year.
We expect the system to provide enough electricity to make the buildings self-sufficient in some months of the year and overall make a significant dent in our electricity overheads.
The system will save 80 tonnes of Carbon a year alone which is important for our ISO50001 and ESOS energy management accreditation as part of a range of measures we have incorporated in our renovation of the site which has included new insulated roof panels, low energy lighting, high efficiency gas boilers, PIR lighting controls, energy efficiency glazing.
T H WHITE Energy Fire and Security are still active installers of solar systems and we provide a comprehensive range of solar maintenance and cleaning services. Call us on 01380 726656
Solar Panel Cleaning For Improved Yield
The UK now has over 750,000 solar installations and people have witnessed first-hand the stable income and savings it can generate. As the years go by solar panels will continue to generate and like every piece of infrastructure there are times when they need a check up and a clean to keep them generating at their optimum potential.
T H White’s energy specialists have been involved in thousands of solar projects and after seeing an increase in demand from customers for our maintenance services we have now expanded the range to include solar panel cleaning.
Our trained staff use specialist cleaning equipment which we have taken time to test and review to ensure it complies with solar panel manufacturers warranty requirements. Solar panels come with a 25 year performance guarantee, provided they are operated and used in the correct approved way.
Why clean solar panels?
As part of our annual inspection we recommend a visual inspection of systems and in the first year we recommend checking quarterly to make sure you are monitoring the site for dust and dirt build up. Some businesses have very high levels of dust which may mean cleans more than once a year. Similarly someone with a heavily wooded area may have leaf litter build up which can impede solar pv performance as well.
Clients who have had arrays cleaned within the last year have experienced yield increases of over 10% from having their solar systems cleaned.
We are able to clean all sizes of roof-mounted solar systems except for extreme hi-rise buildings and also tend to small to medium ground mounted systems. Depending on the size of building we can either clean from ground-level, attached to mansafes and harness or via other mechanical access equipment.
If you have a solar system all we need to know is the system size, approximate size of building and if there are any access requirements we may choose to visit the site to provide a quote.
Work has started on T H WHITE latest solar pv array in Devizes. This is the fourth solar system the T H WHITE Group has invested in and will power up the Energy, Fire and Security, Lorry Cranes and Projects Divisions.
The system is using 270w high performance Hanwha Q-Cells polycrystalline modules, Renusol and K2 frame and brackets along with Fronius Symo inverters.
We have chosen the products for this installation based on their proven track record for this kind of installation and strong guarantees. T H WHITE has traded for over 185 years and has to ensure it selects products for long term performance and we apply the same rules and criteria that we would recommend to our customers.
The Hanwha modules have a strong 25 year linear performance warranty offering a minimum of 83% of performance capacity at the end of the 25 years. This is really important for solar investors as solar panels can operate successfully for a long time and if anything were to go wrong T H WHITE is more likely to be around than most and therefore needs to be able to rely on their partners to be there too to honour the guarantee.
Due to recent business wins and successful new business plans T H WHITE Energy Fire and Security have a number of Fire and Security job vacancies within our division. If you are interested in the following opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org :
Fire and Security Installation Engineers, Wiltshire / South West
Security and Fire Service Engineers Wiltshire / South West
Fire and Security Service Engineers Surrey / Southern Counties
Fire and Security Commissioning Engineer Wiltshire / South West
Fire and Security Service Supervisor Surrey / Southern counties
We offer competitive rates, guaranteed overtime, pension, shares, van, phone and other benefits. We have been through a successful period of repositioning of our business and have solid long term plans for the future. If you want to join a great team with a real passion and purpose making buildings greener, safer and more efficient for customers for generations we would love to hear from you.
T H WHITE Energy, Fire and Security is one of the six diversified divisions of T H WHITE Group of companies, one of the UKs strongest family businesses with over 185 years trading (20 of which is in Fire and Security) and over £100m turnover annually. We are NSI Gold Accredited, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 with a unique long term perspective for supporting our clients.
T H WHITE now offer electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint installation as part of our range of specialist building services. The systems include domestic and commercial solutions and are installed by our own in house engineers.
We have trained staff to ensure we are compliant with the new regulations concerning this new type of EV chargepoint technology and this has also enabled us to be able to offer clients government OLEV grant funding for qualifying residential or commercial installations to help pay for them.
The UK government has serious ambition to ensure all new vehicles will be ultra low emissions which includes electric vehicles or EVs. EV’s have been growing quickly in recent months and only recently the EV market grew by 20% in January 2017, far outstripping the conventional petrol and diesel fuelled markets. There are some recent media forecasts openly discussing 80% of new vehicles being Electric vehicles by 2050 and the Queen’s Speech this week indicates a clear sign that the government is backing this important trend.
With such growth of electric vehicles (ev’s) predicted to continue more and more commercial and public buildings will require electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure as will the homes of the drivers who own them. T H WHITE will be able to offer a range of devices to cover the range of vehicle brands, charger solutions, charger speeds, voltage sizes, breaker sizes, physical site requirements, site specific safety requirements for individual or multiple installations of EV chargepoints.
T H WHITE is now a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer, which means we now offer a customized solar-plus-battery solution that enables you to access the free, abundant power of the sun and reduces your reliance on fossil fuels.
With Powerwall you can store solar energy generated during the day for use any time. During the day, the sun shines on your solar panels, charging your battery. At night, your home draws electricity from your battery, powering your home with clean, sustainable energy 24/7.
Installing Powerwall with T H WHITE is easy. We take care of everything from system design, permitting, installation, financing and customer support.
Powerwall consists of a 14 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system, an integrated inverter and software that intelligently dispatches electricity when it’s needed most. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall or on the ground, indoors or outdoors, and is connected to the grid to export excess energy, maximizing your opportunity for economic benefit.
Powerwall can provide a number of benefits:
- Increasing self-consumption of solar power generation –Powerwall can store surplus solar energy during daylight hours and use that energy later when the sun is not shining.
- Load shifting – Powerwall can charge during low rate periods when demand for electricity is lower and discharge during more expensive rate periods when electricity demand is higher.
- Back-up power – Assures power in the event of a grid outage.
Powerwall 2 specs:
- x 755 mm x 155 mm (45.3 in x 29.7 in x 6.1 in)”
T H White Energy, Fire and Security are providing Roves Farm, one of Wiltshire’s most popular family days out, with a new extension to their family visitors centre heated by 2 x 200kw HDG Biomass boilers.
Roves Farm (found at www.rovesfarm.co.uk) is a family run business. The 166 hectare working farm comprises of livestock and arable land and their thriving Visitor Centre, (open for 22 years!), enables people of all ages to come and enjoy ‘Hands on Farm Fun & Adventures’.
The new Biomass heating system heats their existing building, the new visitor centre building (picture below shows under construction) two existing residential properties and has additional branches ready to heat other buildings in later years.
Roves Farm have had many years using Biomass heating on their premises and the new system which will use their own woodchip will be one of the most sustainable low carbon heating systems in the region.
T H White Energy, Fire and Security are extremely proud to be sponsoring an incredible British based venture Solar Team GB who are building the UKs first family-sized entirely solar PV and battery powered car which will compete in a world famous 3000km race across Australia in October 2017, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017.
Utilising no more than six square metres of solar panels, some of the UK brightest young minds at Solar Team GB are on track to develop one of the most efficient electric vehicles possible.
Solar Team Great Britain is a brand new British team which is designing and building the solar power vehicle, showcasing the very best of British engineering and innovation. Solar Team GB is a highly collaborative team, aiming to bring together the very best people living and working in the UK to creating a cutting edge solar racing car.
The race itself is run every two years in Australia and the Solar Team GB car will compete in October 2017 in the “Cruiser Class”.
The new car (pictured), which can accommodate four passengers, is effectively a high tech solar power family car and reflects the Solar Team GB aims to not only win the 3000km race but also leave a lasting legacy through is innovative design and performance. The car itself is in the final stages of design, it has utilised incredible technology to including Cray Supercomputers to refine the car’s shape and specification to maximise the power it can absorb and translate into motion.
The project team are already seeing what an inspiration this project is with students and scientists across the UK, demonstrated by their wide collaborations with universities and business partnerships. During the year and the race itself schools and colleges will be able to engage with the Solar Team GB race team and run their own projects to learn more from the event too. The longer term aims are to inspire and engage students and young professionals to apply their talents into sustainability – and thereby secure the future for us all.
T H White are supporting Solar Team GB in a number of ways, by providing much needed solar technical equipment from our experienced commercial solar, helping promote the team to support their longer term sustainability goals and also help with the fundraising such as with their new Kickstarter fundraise which started this week.
Solar Team GB Kickstarter webpage is found on the following Solarteam GB Kickstarter link
Solar Team GB Kickstarter lets you invest as much money as you can afford and for the early investors there are rewards such as team t shirts, celebrity launch party tickets and track days up for grabs. As far as Kickstarters go this is one of the rarest opportunities to not only support something technically awesome but it will leave a lasting legacy for generations.
2014 saw the completion of one of T H White Energy, Fire and Security’s most prestigious commercial rooftop solar PV installations with 174.4kw of Commercial solar pv in the South East of the UK with Remet UK.
Remet UK are a materials technology provider that specialises in materials for the precision Investment Casting Industry. When relocating to a new manufacturing site it was important to minimise the carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. This was to be achieved by the installation of a solar system. The system will also provide a good level of return on investment.
The installation was part of a major retrofit of the electrical connection for the site as Remet UK were refurbishing the site. The building is a considerable size and close to the coast in Kent, requiring considerable safety planning of access, scaffold and rescue planning for working at height. T H White handled the complete installation from start to finish with our traditional turnkey approach including design, procurement, project management, roofwork, CDM planning and site management and electrical installation and commissioning.
The PV system itself uses highly bankable Hanwha QCells 260w solar pv modules with their powerful warranty and decades of high grade solar cell manufacturing quality, Renusol Mounting system and two Fronius Agilo 75kw central inverters. The Fronius Agilo central inverters are high efficiency commercial grade inverters building on the pedigree of Austrian manufacturer Fronius family of inverters which has had many years of experience in the UK solar market and the system is fully remote monitored.
Remet UK are setting a great example for other commercial property owners and manufacturers looking to reduce carbon emissions and lower their overheads and with the strong sun hours in Kent they are set to see some of the best solar pv yields in the UK.
As an established Wiltshire based Fire and security business, T H WHITE Energy, Fire and Security are incredibly proud to support our local fire service, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are based locally near Devizes and operate 24 fire stations serving our local communities, their crews are available to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day.
T H WHITE have provided solar pv to two of their properties including Service HQ (the control room where 999 calls are answered) and Trowbridge Fire Station and we are proud to be doing our bit to power the emergency response, to ensure that local people are as safe as they can be.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service works hard to protect the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon, often working with partners to reduce the risk of fire wherever possible, they have a proud record of being ‘in the heart of the community, for the community’. As well as tackling fires and helping people involved in road traffic collisions.
Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have a clear purpose: To create stronger , safer and more resilient communities, provide a resilient response to fires and other emergencies, develop a healthy, safe, well trained workforce which is representative of the community, protect our environment and heritage and resource their key aims to ensure maximum efficiency – fundamentally its about making life safer for people in Wiltshire and Swindon, and to help strengthen and secure the changing communities we live in, by working together with others to deliver local solutions for local priorities.
With solar power, Wiltshire Fire and rescue Service tackle their aims of protecting the environment and maximising efficiency, they cut carbon in bucketloads and slash their overheads meaning more resources and a better healthier community for their communities. Bravo!