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BI PV Project Details
Name projectYork Eco Depot
CountryUnited Kingdom
Year2006-10-18 (Start operation date)
PV applicationFaçade - mounted,
Inclined roof - mounted
PV power total51.52 kWp
LocationYork, Yorkshire
Latitude/Longitude53°57'33.74"N 1°4'1.41"W
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Project summary
The City of York council required a new depot to house and run its services relating to waste collection, highways maintenance, general housing maintenance and parks and gardens, and wished to use this redevelopment as an opportunity to make clear a new statement about what sustainable development means. The PV system is part of this larger scheme – the York EcoDepot and Sustainable Construction Interpretation Centre, which aims to raise awareness of sustainable development, climate change and sustainable construction techniques and technologies to a wide range of audiences from school children to architects and developers. The EcoDepot is made up of a range of buildings including workshops, storage, staff facilities and an office building. It is this office building that provides the centre piece for the EcoDepot, on whose roof the PV system is located and which houses the interpretation centre. The whole EcoDepot demonstrates sustainable development: principles from the choice of materials, to rain water harvesting and renewable energy. The office building is a timber framed, straw bale clad building which is the largest of its type in the EU and highly energy efficient.

Best practice project
The EcoDepot is located adjacent to York’s Environment Centre and a short walk from 16 sustainable housing units. The EcoDepot provides a focus for the demonstration of how sustainable developments principles and construction techniques and technologies can be applied in a commercial, community and domestic situation.

Special PV project info
PV architecture and building integrationThe PV system is at a 16-degree incline on a south facing elevation. There are no shading issues as the system is on the roof of a two-storey building with no adjacent trees or buildings of greater height.
PV ownership
Tariffs and metering
Remarks and recommended readingCarillion Sustainability Project of the Year 2007 Institution of Civil Engineers (Yorkshire & Humberside). ‘Highly Commended Award’ Green Apple Awards – Gold Award in its category for the built environment and architectural heritage scheme as run by the Green Organisation Considerate Constructors 2007 National Award Winner, Bronze category

Other project data
Type of projectDemonstration Project
Other relevant aspectsOther RE
Start of PV project
Start operation PV system2006-10-18
Project leading companyCity of York Council
Project contact person
Contact email
Contact addressThe Guildhall, York Y01 90N
Part of Urban Scale project

Building data
Use and function of the buildingOther buildings - public
Building typeNon-residential buildings - 2 floors
New/Retrofit/AddedRetrofit building integration
PV building addressHazel Court, James Street, York YO10 3DS

PV system
PV applicationFaçade - mounted,
Inclined roof - mounted
PV power total project51.52 kWp
Number of dwellings/units1
PV power per dwellings/units51.52 kWp
PV system typeGrid-connected - demand side
PV module typeFramed - regular module
PV cell typeCrystalline silicon - multi
PV module brand and typeKyocera KC130GHT-2,
Sanyo HIP210NHE
PV inverter brand and typeFronius (IG40, IG60)
Includes PV database product(s) 

PV cost and energy production
PV system investment375043 Euro
PV modules only costs220395 Euro
PV energy yield37285 kWh Calculated
PV energy user ownerCity of York Council

Names and Addresses
Building OwnerPV ownerArchitectMain PV manufacturer
NameCity of York CouncilCity of York CouncilWhite DesignKyocera
AddressThe Guildhall, York Y01 90NThe Guildhall, York Y01 90N

Projects website
Other websites www.carillionplc.com/sustainability/case_studies/case_studies_york_eco_depot.asp
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