We recently completed a pilot project on 2 properties at Uphill Road, Llanrumney, to install a new thermally efficient EWI system (K-rend) and gable end PV panels to 2 semi-detached, no-fines, 1950s houses.
The idea behind the pilot was to investigate a cost-effective solution to PV panel installation which does not require a full re-roof and roofing structural works to be carried out. The aim is a more simplified PV install attached to the house over the improved EWI system. The anchor system is attached to the houses, and then the PV panels craned into place, then connected – essentially a PV panel cladding system.
This project was carried out in association with Cardiff University via their Plug N Harvest research works, with funding from the university and with PV panel manufacturer, Garcia Faura. A case study for the project, with time-lapse install can be found here https://www.plug-n-harvest.eu/index.php/pilot-case-2-united-kingdom/
With around 300,000 properties of similar archetype across the UK, the data from this project will be invaluable in guiding funding allocations and the potential for innovation within the sector to install PV panels on properties previously thought unsuitable or required remedial works were cost prohibitive.