North Lanarkshire Council Solar PV Carbon Reduction and Energy Saving Mission

North Lanarkshire Council Solar PV Carbon Reduction and Energy Saving Mission

Description of Project

Planning, coordination and installation of 10kWh Solar PV systems on the roofs of 32 Schools across North Lanarkshire (Airdrie, Coatbridge, Hamilton and Motherwell) for a combined total of 320 kWp solar generation.  A bespoke FIT (feed in tariff) calculator was provided to our client which was designed to clearly show the generation and financial returns of proposed systems along with;

  • Full structural survey & engineer survey reports and design proposals prior to commencement.
  • Identify and secure all permissions, approvals and certifications required for each proposed job prior to installation.
  • Additionally provided all access equipment (scaffolding, scissor lifts and cranes.)
  • Where required, and on the approval of North Lanarkshire council, any additional works, e.g. roof repairs, to any properties where solar installations have been proposed.

Quantity of Carbon / Energy Saved by solar PV Project

Each year this large scale, multi-site solar PV installation will generate or save North Lanarkshire Council:

Save 141.86 Tonnes of Carbon

per year

Generate 249,850 kWh electricity

per year

AC Gold were chosen by North Lanarkshire Council as the top ranking contractor in a £500,000 project to design, install, test, commission and handover 10 kWp Solar PV systems for 32 schools across North Lanark (Airdrie, Coatbridge, Hamilton and Motherwell) consisting of flat felted, concrete tile, metal profile and slate constructed roofs.

All fixing kits and PV panels were MCS accredited. All solar PV systems were fully installed in accordance with building (Scotland) regulations 2004 and with electrical installation works were designed, installed and tested in accordance with the recommendations of BS 7671: 2008.

Health & Safety

All of the solar PV installation work was to be carried out in school so health and safety was paramount. Risk assessments, method statements and the construction phase health and safety plan were completed.  Full CDM co-ordination was adhered to at all times.

Programme of works & communication

AC Gold produced the programme of works which was agreed by North Lanarkshire Council to complete 4 x 10 kWp (Kilowatt peak) solar PV installations per week.  The Project Manager co-ordinated and oversaw the installation teams whilst liaising with the North Lanarkshire Council Clerk of Works, Janitor and Head Teacher for each school. This ensured that the work was completed in a timely and professional manner and to the highest level of customer satisfaction throughout all 32 schools.

During the tendering process North Lanarkshire Council supplied us with a comprehensive list of Solar PV manufacturers which we could choose from.  After careful consideration and having previously carried out significant research on various Solar PV manufacturers, we believed that we could offer a better alternative.

Trina Solar

Trina Solar have achieved 1st position through the ‘SILICON VALLEY TOXICS COALITION’ (SVTC’s) scorecard – which focuses on electronics manufacturers taking lifecycle responsibility for their products, revealing sustainability and social justice benchmarks to ensure that the Solar PV manufacturer protects its workers, communities and the environment.

With the large scale of the operation coming in at 320kWp we felt Trina Solar was the optimal choice of manufacturer to proceed with on this project.  This decision allowed AC Gold to provide North Lanarkshire Council with a Solar PV panel which was manufactured in a unique way that significantly reduced the use of toxic chemicals being used in their production, developed a responsible recycling system and protected workers throughout the global PV supply chain.

Problem solving

Auchinloch Primary School produced a challenge, as the incoming electrical supply was single phase.  All other 31 schools had 3-phase power supplies which meant connecting a 10kw Solar PV system to the National Grid did not require any permissions from the District Network Operator (DNO).

A G59 application was completed by AC Gold to gain the required permission from the DNO to connect the 10 kWp solar PV system to the single phase supply.


AC Gold had to co-ordinate with a large number of people to ensure that this large scale, multiple site, Solar PV to reduce carbon and save energy ran smoothly and to budget.

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