London development becomes largest office PV system
600 m2 of solar photo-voltaic panels for Spitalfields Market Square in London represents the largest office-based solar installation in the UK.
The photovoltaic roof on a new project in London will cover around 600 m2 and generate enough electricity to power the public lighting areas of the Spitalfields Bishops Square project in London. It is set to become the largest office solar installation in the UK, thanks to a £180 000 grant awarded by the Energy Saving Trust and the DTI. The grant will cover 40% of the PV installation costs. The installation will be used to promote to the public, users and industry the environmental benefits of installing sustainable solar technology. A display screen explaining the technology and providing real-time information on the levels of energy generated by the Sun will be included in the public area. This flagship project is part of the ongoing regeneration of the historic area between Bishopsgate and Spitalsfield Market. It is part of the £250 million Bishops Square Development, run by the Spitalfields Development Group, a subsidiary of Hammerson Plc. Hammerson and its venture partner the Corporation of London, the developers of Bishops Square, chose to install solar photovoltaic roof panels as part of a new corporate policy to produce environmentally friendly buildings at one of London’s premier office developments. Peter Cole, director of Hammerson, said, ‘This will be one of the largest installations on an office building in Europe. We are delighted that our work with the Energy Saving Trust and the Corporation of London has pioneered cutting-edge technology on such a vast scale. The solar PV will help produce power for our external lighting and public areas, and reduce our carbon-dioxide emissions.’