Kingspan heads for net-zero energy

Kingspan Insulated Panels is a leading supplier of energy saving solutions to the construction industry, whether through energy efficient building envelopes or energy producing renewable technologies.  Now Kingspan Group’s own Head Office in Kingscourt, Ireland has been able to take a major step along the road to net-zero energy with the installation of the Kingspan Roof PowerPanel System.

1000m2 of the state of the art photovoltaic modules have been installed by certified PV Installer, Northeast Electrical to more than offset the total annual electricity usage of the Group offices in what is thought to be one of the largest PV installations in Ireland.  The 130kWp system, which comprises of five hundred and fifty three 235Wp Yingli crystalline PV modules, is expected to generate circa 100,000 kWh per annum.

Similar systems have already been installed at Kingspan Insulation’s manufacturing facility in Pembridge and Kingspan Insulated Panels plant in Holywell. At 800kW and 406kW respectively they are currently two of the largest roof-top PV arrays in the UK.  At both plants the PV systems were designed to supply a significant proportion of the site’s lighting and manufacturing electricity needs.
Gilbert McCarthy, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulated Panels, said “There are so many ways we can take action towards achieving net-zero energy, and it is important to lead by example.  We are planning to roll out a basket of measures across all of our operations, and are already working on the next phase to move our own manufacturing sites towards net-zero energy.  It is a real challenge for manufacturers, but one that is well worth pursuing, both in terms of cutting energy costs, reducing our reliance on power from the grid and exceeding customer expectations in managing our own environmental impacts.”

Commissioned and approved by ESB on the 10th October, the Kingscourt system took just 2 weeks to complete, and is predicted to save around 52,500Kg/CO2 per annum.  The installation will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon as well as generating energy.

The addition of a Kingspan Safetraxx off-ridge fall arrest system, which was designed and installed by Skyway Limited, means that the ongoing maintenance of the Kingscourt PV system has been made both safer and easier.  Safetraxx complies with BS EN 795 and, when installed in conjunction with Kingspan insulated panels, is available with the Kingspan 25 year Total System Guarantee.  

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