Kings Cross Station Goes Solar
- Published: Monday, 01 October 2012 17:20
Sundog Energy, one of the UK’s leading providers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, today announced that it has been awarded the £1.3million contract to provide a huge solar system on the roof of Kings Cross Station in London
The Kings Cross project will be one of the biggest solar PV systems in the UK at 240kWp (kilowatt peak) capacity. It will generate around 175,000 kWh (kilowatt hours or units) of electricity per year. The solar PV cells, that convert sunlight directly into electricity, are integrated into1,392 glass laminate units that will form part of the new glass roofing structure over the platforms and concourses. The area of roof that will be covered with the solar PV glass laminate is approximately 2,300 square meters. The installation is expected to be completed over a 12 month period.
Martin Cotterell, Managing Director of Sundog Energy, said, “Winning the Kings Cross Station contract is a great development for Sundog that reflects our expertise and reputation within this highly specialised industry. This project is also a fantastic show-case for solar PV technology. How many millions of people use Kings Cross each year, who cannot fail to see the iconic solar cells at work above their heads?”
“Network Rail has also made a canny investment” he continued. “They will be among the first beneficiaries of the Government’s new feed-in tariff. This scheme will pay a premium rate for the electricity generated by solar PV systems for 25 years, producing a return of up to 8% on investment. Most importantly, they will be making a substantial reduction of their carbon footprint – as each unit of electricity generated by the PV system will save over half a kilogram of carbon emissions.”
Sundog Energy will be providing the Kings Cross PV system under contract to Kier Construction, who are the main contractors to Network Rail for parts of the station refurbishment programme. The refurbishment, which started in 2008, will include a new western concourse, three times the size of the current area, and a new platform. The existing Grade 1 listed structure will be restored, including the original 1851 façade, the ticket hall and the main train shed roof, and there will be a new public square in front of the station.