The city’s biggest array of solar panels is now in place on the new flagship office development.
224 PV panels have been installed on the roof of the No1 Bath Quays building. Covering an area half the size of a five-a-side football pitch, they will provide it with a reliable source of renewable energy, helping to ensure a lower long-term carbon footprint.
The panels, which cost £100,000 to buy and install, have a predicted output of 84kWp. They will also generate an important revenue stream and over their lifetime will return a small profit to Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The building incorporates a host of other passive design and energy efficiency measures to reduce its CO2 emissions, including a special coating on the windows to reduce heat loss and gain.
It also benefits from more than 100 cycle spaces to encourage office workers to use active modes of travel and direct access to the city centre via a footbridge over the River Avon. Two electric vehicle charge points have been installed with the potential for more.
No1 Bath Quays is the first new office building to be constructed in Bath for a generation and forms part of the 4.5-acre Bath Quays regeneration project, providing the city with new space for business, life and culture.
Buildings are responsible for a significant proportion of the world's carbon emissions. Installing solar arrays is an obvious way to reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings at Bath Quays. We are working hard to achieve economic development while being mindful of the impact on the planet.