Dulas, a leading independent renewable energy advisor, has announced the recent installation of a 50kWp solar array at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. The work was undertaken as part of a renovation and extension project, and offers further evidence of Dulas’ commitment to providing high-quality, long-lasting builds.
Following the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which came into force in April of this year, public bodies in Wales, such as the National Library, are required by law to undertake their work sustainably. Furthermore, the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 requires that Welsh emissions be reduced by at least 80% by the year 2050. It is further hoped that from next year over 50% of Wales’ power can be produced from renewable sources within the principality.
As solar power becomes more affordable, it is becoming increasingly popular as a source of clean energy for existing sites, as well as for new builds. In both of these areas, Dulas has been successful in forging partnerships with contractors and using their extensive experience to guide clients through the installation of renewable energy systems, from the planning stages through to long-term maintenance and optimisation.
As part of the refurbishment of this prestigious building, the central part of which is listed as a Grade II structure, Dulas was subcontracted by local firm Falconer Electrical Contractors. Following Dulas’ completion of initial design work on their layout, the panels themselves were installed on the standing seam roof of the archive and records building in three weeks.
“Rooftop solar continues to become an ever more attractive option for individuals and organisations looking to reduce their carbon emissions – and costs – no matter the age of the buildings they inhabit,” said Chris White, Head of Rooftop Solar at Dulas. “This project offers an example to other established institutions, showing that older buildings do not have to be a barrier to incorporating solar power. The National Library of Wales’ solar array will provide a clean source of electricity, while any excess power generated can then be sold back to the grid.”