Solarcentury - Innovation

Innovation

Solarcentury specialises in building integrated solar photovoltaics (PV) for which it is the UK market leader. Systems are installed both on new buildings and are retro-fitted to existing buildings. Solarcentury supplies a complete range of products allowing solar to be installed on practically every type of roof, from pitched roofs on homes through to large flat or pitched commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings, to systems mounted at ground level.

Solarcentury has an in house innovation team that has developed its own product portfolio. The parts have been selected to ensure high power output and longetivity, the products have been developed to have high compatibility with a range of roof and tile styles, they have been rigorously tested to ensure they can withstand wind, fire and rain, and the installation methodology has been developed to ensure that the products are easy to install.

The most successful and well known product is undoubtedly the C21e solar photovoltaic tiles and slates for which they have won a host of awards. The C21e solar electric roof tile replaces 4 conventional roof tiles and screws straight to roof battens, making the installation of solar easier and more aesthetically pleasing than ever before. In 2008 a new version of the C21e was released for slate roofs that has proved a favourite on listed buildings and in conservation areas. In spring 2012 Solarcentury launched the C21 solar electric plain tile which offers installers a solution for when they want to integrate solar alongside traditional small format plain tiles. The C21e range won the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2011.

Solarcentury is an accredited member of The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). All the products sold are certified by MCS, and all the members of its Installer Network are MCS accredited.

Solarcentury has evolved from a solar installation company to a business that project manages PV installations, manufacturers their own products and offers a distribution service to the growing number of MCS accredited installers in their Installer Network. They host webinars and provide on site training for roofers interested in installing solar on roof tops.

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