Eden Project, Cornwall

The award winning Eden Project has been one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions since it opened in March 2001. The remit of the site is to promote the understanding and responsible management of the relationship between plants, people and resources to create a sustainable future for all. So when the next stage of the development began – the construction of an Education and Resource Centre ('The Core') – the design of the building was always going to be of great interest, with Tim Smit, Eden’s Chief Executive predicting that it will ‘one of the most sustainable, finest modern building in the world’.

The building's design, inspired by plant formations, was created by world-leading architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners. The main contractor, McAlpine Joint Ventures, worked with solarcentury on the project to integrate 338 Sharp solar PV panels within the building's ‘Fibonacci’ roof design. The Core is the most geometrically complex roof structure into which solarcentury has incorporated solar PV

Installer: solarcentury
Project summary:
Date commissioned: July 2005
Forecast kWh generation/year: 20,700.00
Technology: Solar PV
Panel area (m2): 270.00
Installation Type: Pitched roof
Building integrated: Yes
System size (kWp) 30.47
Forecast CO2 saving/year(kg): 11,360

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