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Exteriors


Funding Options for Flat Roof Solar PV A


school’s flat roof offers the ideal space for a PV array as the unobstructed area enables maximum exposure to


sunlight, optimising energy generation. Solar panels on a flat roof are out of sight, simple to install and maintain and thoroughly cost effective particularly as there are various funding and investment streams available for solar PV projects. This means your school can benefit from the advantages of a PV array, with no capital outlay. Photovoltaic panels provide educational buildings with renewable energy, financial savings and practical learning opportunities to support the curriculum as well as generating a potential income and reducing carbon footprint. There are three main schemes that can be accessed to fund solar projects.


Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) Private funders offering a PPA solution enable property owners to take advantage of a fully installed PV system for zero capital outlay. The school enters into a long-term


contract to purchase the electricity generated by the solar array from the private funder at a rate that is lower than their current purchase price and guaranteed for 20 years. As the array is owned and maintained by the funder there is no maintenance requirement for the building owner.


Community Funded PPA’s Similar to a PPA, but capital is raised to provide funds for the installation of the solar array through a community share offer. The school benefits from reduced energy costs, but the PV array is owned by the cooperative


or community benefit society from whom the building owner purchases the electricity.


Salix Finance Salix enables public sector organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take a lead in tackling climate change by increasing their energy efficiency. Salix provides 100 per cent interest-free capital for the public sector to reduce their energy costs by enabling the installation of modern, energy efficient technologies and replacing dated, inefficient technologies. Repayment can be made over a four to eight-year period. Bauder provides a full service from funding application support through to system installation, whether you are looking to retrofit solar PV panels or incorporate renewable energy into your flat roof efurbishment project. Book a meeting today to start planning your solar PV project.


0845 271 8800 www.bauder.co.uk


Hauraton channels installed at Oldham Academy North


colourful three storey building set in sensitively landscaped grounds. With the site being quite flat, and the building surrounded by paved and asphalted surfaces, it was essential rainwater is drained effectively. A Hauraton RECYFIX®


T system, fitted with FIBRETEC®


he new Oldham Academy North, designed by architectural practice Aedas Architects, is a spacious and


The RECYFIX® channel component is


made from 100 per cent recycled PE-PP. The six sizes offered are 160mm wide and range in height from 75mm to 201mm with the FIBRETEC®


grating factory fitted on all


PRO 100 channel C250, 9mm


slot gratings, was used by groundwork sub-contractor Westoak Construction to drain the paved playgrounds and asphalted car parks. The channels were also installed along parts the building’s facade and across entrance doors to facilitate drainage. The FIBRETEC®


C250 HEELSAFE slot


grating was specifically designed by Hauraton R & D engineers to enhance the flow of water into the channel. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an


elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots. This configuration also helps eliminate any cross-flow over the grating.


models. As the largest unit is only 4.6kg, RECYFIX PRO channelling is easily handle and quickly installed on site. Ian Burton, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer comments; “Light and dark grey granite paving blocks were used extensively to achieve a pleasing aesthetic appearance to the hard landscaping immediately surrounding the Academy buildings. Being particularly suitable for school yards and play grounds, our RECYFIX® black FIBRETEC®


PRO channels’ with their gratings’ were chosen for


this project as the grating’s smooth appearance blended in well with the desired design effect.”


01582 501380 www.drainage-projects.co.uk


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