Large solar PV project set to cut carbon emissions in Coventry appoints engineer partner

Midlands based construction engineering consultancy, Howard Ward Partners (HWA), was appointed by Ineco Energy to deliver a major solar photovoltaic project to 41 sites across Coventry.

The program is part of a larger decarbonization strategy in the city that will reduce carbon emissions and improve renewable energy production at a number of municipality-owned sites; such as sports facilities, schools, office buildings, cemeteries and visitor centers in national parks.

Civil and structural engineer HWA has specialized expertise in the solar photovoltaic sector and has advised major projects across the UK. For Ineco, the firm was appointed to provide studies and assessments, to determine the structural capacity for the installation of solar panels and inverters.

The ambitious scheme will generate 1,840 MWh of energy, with the potential to save up to £ 276,000 per year for Coventry City Council. Over the life of the projects, it will save the carbon equivalent of planting 9,766 trees.

The first phase of the work – which was funded by the Public Sector Decarbonization Scheme (PSDS) – saw the completion of six schools in Coventry, ahead of the new school year 21/22.

Giles Ward, Director at HWA, said: “We are really excited to be working on a number of solar PV installations across Coventry alongside Ineco Energy. The program contributes to the city’s decarbonization strategy, helping to achieve carbon reductions and renewable energy systems on a significant scale.

“This is a diverse industry in which we have gained extensive knowledge and experience since the field was in its infancy. It is great to see that solar PV installations have grown tremendously and their demand and accessibility continues to grow as local authorities, businesses and organizations across the UK search for energy efficient solutions. “

Work has also started on the Coventry Central Library, a council office building and Windmill Road cemetery in the city, which is expected to be completed this month.

Angus Rose, Director of Ineco Energy, said: “We are extremely proud to help Coventry City Council reduce its carbon footprint by installing photovoltaic solar panels throughout the region. There has never been a more important time to reduce the carbon footprint of our communities and ensure a greener future for generations to come.

“This part of the project, funded by PSDS, only scratches the surface of the ambitious project with Coventry City Council. The ongoing decarbonisation plans funded by the ERDF will enable the Council to make buildings more energy efficient and help the region achieve its net zero target.

Phase 2 will see the installation of photovoltaic solar panels in 32 other public buildings in Coventry City Council and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Ineco Energy specializes in the development, installation and ongoing management of renewable and energy efficient solutions for local authorities, schools and businesses in England and Wales.

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