Photon install PV system on flagship leisure facility

Photon Energy has recently commissioned a 165.55 kWp rooftop solar PV system for Hart District Council’s new flagship Hart Leisure Centre, built by main contractor Willmott Dixon. The £23 million building, now one of the largest leisure facilities in Hampshire, opened its doors to the public earlier this month.

Hart Leisure Centre has been developed on land which borders Fleet Country Park to the west and Calthorpe School along Hitches Lane to the east. The building has been designed with the local physical environment in mind to blend with the outdoor spaces and the greenery of the adjacent country park.

The site accommodates a wide range of both indoor and outdoor facilities including three swimming pools, a 130-station gym, climbing wall, coffee shop, sports hall and multitude of outdoor sports pitches.

The state-of-the-art building has an expressive structural design with long span roof structures to provide a column free environment, built from structural steel. The PV system comprises 602 Trina mono-crystalline black 275W PV modules mounted in a single area on a pitched south-facing standing seam roof. The PV panels are on full view to the public ensuring a raised awareness of Hart District Council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

The PV system has a total installed capacity of 165.55 kWp and is expected to generate around 152,390 kWh of energy per annum.

Abu Luswata, Senior Engineer at Photon Energy said “We’re very proud to have been selected by Willmott Dixon to be involved with this high-profile project that will provide such great benefits to the local community.”

During the construction of Hart Leisure Centre, as with all their projects, Willmott Dixon ensured that the local economy benefitted. Approximately 85% of suppliers were SME businesses and 75 percent of the labour was sourced from within 40 miles of the site.

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