The seven-storey Windmill Green building in Manchester city centre, due to open later in 2018, will feature innovative double-glass solar panels perfectly suited to the Manchester climate.
The developer, FORE Partnership, has teamed up with solar tech company Sunpreme to install high-tech ‘Bifacial Smart Solar Panels’ that absorb light from both sides.
By generating additional electricity through reflective light, the panels are up to 20 per cent more efficient than conventional counterparts.
FORE is the first real estate developer to use the technology in the UK, having also installed them at buildings in Leeds and London.
Made for Manchester
“They have incredible consistency, even with the mixed weather we can get in this country, particularly in Manchester”, said Basil Demeroutis, FORE managing partner.
“Given the reduction in feed-in tariffs, we need to find new ways to make the economics of installing solar PVs pay, and Sunpreme does exactly that.”
The energy generated by the solar panels will power all the lighting at Windmill Green, which is expected to receive BREEAM’s top ‘Outstanding’ rating for sustainability.
FORE Partnership also plans to install a display in the reception area that showcases the various manufacturing stages of solar PV panels, in order to “de-mystify the technology and bring it closer to the building’s tenants”.