The Dunston Innovation Centre is a Chesterfield Borough Council owned property and is home to many of the region’s growing companies, including Custom Solar LTD. The Chesterfield Innovation Centres at Tapton Park and Dunston were built by Chesterfield Borough Council in partnership with G F Tomlinson Group Ltd to provide modern high specification workspace and in-house support services to attract new innovative businesses to the Chesterfield area. The leases have “easy in/easy out” terms to encourage take-up and to allow businesses to adjust quickly to their changing accommodation requirements as they develop. Offices continuously become available as established business grow and move on to their own premises. For the smaller or start-up business the rent-a-desk suite offers a furnished space within a large multi occupancy room at an affordable all inclusive price. The Innovation Centres offer an ideal base for businesses with some of the added benefits which can be difficult to find in Town Centre premises. Both centres benefit from onsite parking, are in close proximity to Chesterfield Town Centre and have excellent road and rail links for Sheffield, Derby and London. The management team for the centre had highlighted the growing cost of energy as a concern and wanted to take steps to generate their own electricity and help the tenants with a reduced cost of electricity. The building operates during normal working hours of Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm which matches perfectly to the performance of solar panels. Since the Commercial Solar installation was switched on, the centre produced over 1000KW hours of electricity in the very first week, the future for the centre and it’s tenants is definitely a bright one.
Custom Solar continue in their quest to turn the region ‘green’ and regard the system at Dunston as a fantastic place for other businesses and schools to visit and explore the world of solar energy.
To view a video taken by Custom Solar’s own DJI Phantom 3 Drone of the completed installation please click here
System Size: 49.92kWp
Panel manufacturer: Canadian Solar CS6P-260P 260w Poly x 192
Inverter Manufacturer: Samil Power Solar Lake 17000TL x 2 10000TL x 1
Estimated System Annual Performance: 42,636 kilowatt hours
Estimated System worth over 25 years: £242,227
CO2 Savings per annum: 22,597 kg
Duration of Installation: 2 Weeks
Completion date: 13/06/2015
Self funded by Client