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Solar PV scheme installed at 150-hectare North West Cambridge Development

A large solar panel array has been installed by G&H Sustainability at the University of Cambridge’s new 150-hectare district.

Nearly 1,500 panels have been fitted on 12 units in lots 1 and 3 at the North West Cambridge Development.

The 373kW array will cut energy use by over 298,000kWh a year.

NW Cambridge Development solar

The North West Cambridge Development is one of the largest capital project in the University’s history.

When completed, it will provide 1,500 affordable homes for university and college staff, 1,500 houses for private sale, accommodation for 2,000 graduates, and 100,000 sqm of academic and research space.

There will also be a primary school, health centre, hotel, care home, sports centre, public open spaces, supermarket and local shops.

G&H was appointed by Imtech Engineering, which was working for the main contractor BAM Construction.

Andrew Hudson, Director at G&H Sustainability, said: “The North West Cambridge Development is a major, high profile scheme by one of the world’s leading universities.

“The university took the opportunity to affect the built environment and encourage sustainability throughout as it seeks a BREEAM Excellent rating.

“Solar PV plays a key part in this and any long-term energy reduction strategy. Solar is ideally suited to large roof top arrays, significantly reducing carbon footprints and energy bills.

“We managed the entire process from design, supply and installation to complying with building and planning regulations.”


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