Newhaven Fire Station

​7.5 kWp Solar PV system installed at Newhaven Fire Station in East Sussex.

Ecolution installed a 7.5 kWp, flat roof Solar PV system at the Newhaven Fire Station, part of a new development for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for East Essex based electrical engineers and contractors.

The electrical engineers and contractors, encouraged the installation of Solar PV for this new build not only to meet the need of the Newhaven Fire Station but also due to their strong environmental policy which they adhere to. They try to encourage minimal waste and carbon emissions on all their developments.

The new £3 million fire station will bring firefighters, police officers and council workers together under one roof. It is the first of its kind in the county and is thought to be the future of emergency service facilities with all three facing restricted budgets in upcoming years. East Sussex fire Authority Chairman Councillor Phil Howson said “By working together and sharing facilities, it aims to deliver significant savings to each organisation, both in terms of build and future running costs.”

To meet these aspirations for the new build development they chose to go with a solar photovoltaic system to reduce the future running costs of the building for the Newhaven Fire station to help them meet tighter budgets in upcoming years. Ecolution won the contract and installed 250w polycrystalline modules with an on roof self-ballasting mounting system.

Time was a key factor for this installation as the Newhaven Fire station wanted to get the Solar PV system installed and registered to secure the higher rate of Feed-In Tariff before the government cuts in the New Year. Ecolution made this happen over the busy Christmas period so that the Newhaven fire station could maximise their return on investment and reduce the payback period. As the fire station is in operation throughout day light hours, they are likely to use 100% of the free electricity generated by their Solar PV system due to 24 hour lighting to use of heavy machinery, meaning they will maximise their savings on their energy bills.

As the Solar PV installation at The Newhaven Fire Station has reduced their outgoings for the building, this money can now be better spent towards investing within the service they provide to the community. The Solar PV system will produce on average 6,375 kWh of free electricity for the building per year, with 3,372.38 kg of C0₂ savings per annum.

Quick Stats

System Size

Free Electricity
6,375kWh per yr

CO2 Savings
3,372.38 kg