Attenborough Nature Reserve

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Attenborough 5Wind & Sun role: System design, supply & installation.

Grid connected PV System for new build nature reserve building.

  • Module type: BP Solar BP785L  (128 x 85Wp)
  • Inverter: 4 x SMA SB-2500 (2.5kW)

The key design strategy for Attenborough Nature Reserve was to provide a building with renewable energy resources that would meet the annual energy needs of the building in normal use, thus providing zero net greenhouse gas emissions.  The building is super insulated - typically a 300-350mm thick rockwool envelope which minimises heat requirements, a heat-pump is used to provide heating and hot-water and additional heat is provided by roof mounted hot-water solar panels.

Wind & Sun designed and installed the PV system that generates the electricity. An array of photovoltaic panels has been installed on the South facing roof with a peak electrical output of 11kW, producing an estimated annual output of 14,000 kW hours.  The building is connected to the electric grid, sometimes importing and sometimes exporting electricity to a 'Green' electricity provider.

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Wind & Sun also installed a large display in the shop and restaurant area of the centre so all visitors are aware of how much electricity is being generated and the amount of CO2 emissions saved. 

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