The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. CEH Edinburgh was keen to install a photovoltaic array system in order to reduce energy costs, CO2 and benefit from the Feed-in Tariff scheme and so appointed C&K, via competitive UK tender, to deliver the installation on the 8th October 2013.
Campbell & Kennedy managed the whole process from site survey, design and supply through to installation and commissioning. It was a condition of the contract that all works were completed in a 6-week period and so immediately upon contract award, C&K allocated a dedicated project team to the job and arranged for all surveys, designs and pre-contracts meetings to be carried out in order to mobilise the project quickly.
The client also saw the potential to add an additional 4kWp system on the Caretakers office. C&K surveyed the building to ensure that it was suitable and to gauge estimated output etc. Once the team and client were fully satisfied that the additional 4kWp system would be beneficial this too was installed.
The 50kWp system was installed to the main building and completed by the 19th November.
Throughout the installation, the site and surrounding areas remained fully operational, meaning that the project had to be carefully managed with extra consideration given to H&S issues. C&K has a wealth of experience of working in similar environments and so the project was a huge success and there was no disruption to staff, scientific research and other building services.