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Large scale solar panels for SW Construction industry

Need a subcontractor to design and install large scale solar panels on your construction site? IU Energy usually partners with a main contractor to provide renewable energy solutions in Construction. Specifically, the projects we undertake are for new as well as retrofit developments.

New build

As an illustration of a new build project with large scale solar panels, a recent example is the Phase 2 expansion of Plymouth City Council’s Langage Business Park.

For example, working under Ryearch and MEP Systems, IU Energy designed, installed and commissioned six Solar PV systems onto the new build units. Equally important was the timing of the installations. With this in mind we had to co-ordinate together with Ryearch and MEP’s schedule.


Coinciding with the opening of Plymouth Argyle’s new multi-million £ Grandstand, IU Energy installed 58.85kW of Solar PV panels on the rooftop. The centre section of the array spells out the locally famous initials, ‘PAFC’, a design suggestion made by the consulting IU Energy team.

In this case, IU Energy collaborated with the main contractor’s Project Manager, sub-contracted electricians (who needed to situate the relevant electrical components in the right place), crane hirers, supply chains to co-ordinate deliveries, scaffolders and roofers to name but a few. Many of these trades and services were on-site simultaneously.

The importance of the planning phase for renewables 

In the first place, specifying renewable technology, such as large scale solar panels as an integral part of sustainable building design at the planning stage is an especially effective way to gain planning permission (PP). It also helps in meeting SBEM and SAP 10.

In general, stipulating renewable energy technology in buildings during the planning phase ensures  pre-allocated space for plant and other technology. For instance, roof design to accommodate external large scale solar panels or internal space for Combined Heat & Power (CHP).

An eighteen year track record

IU Energy has an in-house design and installation team, well-used to working on sustainable construction projects for a main contractor. In other words, we control quality, very effectively – a point often overlooked with subcontractors. Not only has this led to our exemplary track record in green construction projects, but our trading history of 18 years has ensured an abundance of testimonials and case studies.

Equally important is a string of recognised awards and accreditations for customer service and the design and installation of renewable energy technology in buildings; from new build to retrofit.

For renewable resources in construction, our new build and retrofit technology examples include –

  • Solar PV
  • Solar Thermal
  • Biomass Boilers
  • CHP
  • Heat Pumps
  • LED lighting
  • Battery storage 
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Energiesprong / ZEBCat retrofit

The role of Local Authorities – renewable resources in planning and construction

Notably, renewable energy in construction for both new and retrofit developments is where combating climate change has significant effect.

In essence, local planning systems are an effective tool to legislate and encourage effective climate change measures. This includes specifying large scale solar panels and other renewable and efficient technology in the design of every new eco friendly building.

Local planning authorities therefore play a crucial role in tackling energy efficiency and climate change through encouraging green building.  

Please contact us to discuss your sustainable building requirements.

“We are very impressed. Not only was this extensive project delivered without drama, it’s already delivering the £45,000 a year for 20 years as promised.”

Carl Payne

Dartmeet Developments

Case Studies

Below are case studies for projects we have conducted in the Construction energy sector, including some large solar energy construction and ESOS projects.

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