Croudace Head Office
Monitoring and Maintenance contract provided for a 25.2 kWp Solar PV system in Caterham.
Croudace Homes, a privately-owned Surrey-based house builder, have engaged Ecolution to provide a five-year contract for Remote Monitoring and Reactive Maintenance of the 25.2kWp photovoltaic system they have invested in for their head office in Caterham, Surrey. The two companies have worked together since 2007, with the first joint PV project in Letchworth, Hertfordshire in 2009/2010. Since then, Ecolution, the UK’s leading independent renewable energy systems provider, have subsequently worked on a further 10 PV projects with Croudace. These projects have taken in a wide geographic scope around the southern Home Counties.
Croudace Homes have registered their head office PV system for generation of Feed-in-Tariff revenue and, like any expensive asset, they wish to ensure that the system is fully maintained. Remote monitoring will guarantee that it is working to maximum capacity and generating the expected amount of energy to help support the operations of the business and also to ensure that it achieves the expected level of revenue through FIT.
The monitoring reduces the need for annual maintenance checks, however ensures that if something does go wrong, Ecolution can be on hand to help resolve the issue.
Croudace Homes have installed many PV systems on their various developments and Ecolution were delighted at the opportunity to work with them on their Head Office system. Lisa Hibbert Facilities and Maintenance Manager for Croudace felt the proposition offered by Ecolution was key to ensuing the system was looked after correctly and gives total piece of mind that Ecolution are aware of any issues, thus ensuring minimum loss of generation and FIT income. The online portal helps them to calculate the FIT revenue and the generation data is also projected to TV screens in reception.
The installation of the remote monitoring equipment is carried out by an Ecolution engineers and involves fitting an LDC (local data concentrator) to the excising Elster three phase meters – the LDC collates the information and sends it back to the Ecolution Portal.