|BI PV Project Summary|
|Name project||Gaia Energy Centre|
|Year||2002-09-17 (Start operation date)|
|PV application||Inclined roof - mounted|
|PV power total||63 kWp|
|Summary||The Gaia Energy Centre is situated on the site of the UK’s first commercial wind farm at Delabole in North Cornwall. It was constructed as a specialist building for the education and demonstration of renewable energy. The energy centre has been extensively monitored over the two year period from January 2003 to December 2004 and was one of the early large-scale demonstration projects in the UK. Pre-heated air is supplied into the building through back ventilation of the PV array. The monitoring provides data on the thermal performance of the building in addition to the PV system.
In May 2003, the Gaia Energy Centre went into receivership and was finally purchased in October 2003. After the building went into receivership, it was upgraded to a visitors centre but did not get a good throughput of visitors. The subsequent negative impact on the centre’s revenue generation led to the building’s closure.|
|Keywords||(bipv) building integrated pv|