Roof-mounted solar installs complete at Dundee care homes

FORSTER Group has completed the installation of 280 roof-mounted solar panels at two Dundee care homes.

Project Scotland reported in December that the two homes, Harestane and St Columba’s, were to benefit after Priority Care invested £210,000 to future-proof its buildings and make them more energy efficient.

Forster Group completed the first phase of the works at Harestane late last year. As part of a wider refurbishment, Priority Care appointed the company to install 144 solar panels with a total capacity of 58.32 kilowatt peak (kWp) and two inverters to convert the DC power from the PV modules into AC power.

The system is now generating approximately 45MWh of energy annually, with the investment set to be recouped through energy savings over the next nine years. Around 75% of energy generated from the panels will help to power the care home’s amenities.

Forster Group has since completed the installation of a further 136 roof-mounted panels at Priority Care’s St Columba’s care home near Dundee city centre. These panels have a capacity of 57.12kWp and the installation included two inverters. The panels will deliver around 45MWh of renewable energy with a payback period of just under seven years.

Bruce Raffell, commercial director at Forster Group, said, “It’s encouraging to see businesses like Priority Care embrace the benefits of solar power to help them take more control of their energy usage. The recent installations we have completed on behalf of Priority Care are just two examples of how solar can provide a safe and abundant source of renewable energy.”