North Ayrshire Council appointed Marley to work with them on a five-year re-roofing project. To help the council achieve its carbon-neutral programme, the project involved the fitting of Marley SolarTiles.
North Ayrshire has felt a significant impact of the economic downturn. Income levels, employment levels and job security are lower than the Scottish average, increasing the risk of families falling into fuel poverty. The Council is looking to improve household energy efficiency across its housing stock to combat this.
Marley Contract Services (part of the Marley group) has been the incumbent roofing contractor with the council for the last 20 years.
Marley SolarTile® can be used as a fully integrated element of our comprehensive roof system.
This brings with it all the benefits of broad design scope, simple, fast installation with long life, high-performance outcomes, a 15 year guarantee, and now added to all that, visually appealing, renewable energy options.
Solar panel systems, which are often referred to as photovoltaics (PV), work by capturing energy from the sun using photovoltaic cells. What makes the cells so effective is that even on a cloudy day they generate electricity, because the cells don’t need direct sunlight to work.
The cells operate by converting sunlight into electricity which can be used by the home or building they are on. The key benefit of adding solar panels to the roof is reduced energy bills. As sunlight is a free energy source, it means energy bills will come down as soon as the panels are installed, and in new build applications it means that bills for home buyers and tenants will start at a reduced rate.
“As part of the ongoing project, we use Marley products and Marley Contract Services to carry out the re-roofing, solar panel installation and rendering on behalf of the council,” explained Stuart Henderson, Senior Quantity Surveyor North Ayrshire Council. “Ryan Gemmell, Senior Contracts Manager at Marley Contract Services, manages supply and delivery and any issues with our tenants; he's invaluable.”
The project is a real team effort, with Marley providing training whenever necessary. “Before the contract began,” said Ryan Gemmell, “the supervisors and electricians were given full training on fitting the SolarTiles. The panels are straightforward to fit, so the installation is going smoothly.”
The SolarTiles being fitted will help further the Council’s carbon-neutral programme. It is hoped they will generate in the region of 3kW power from each roof.
“Each year, we give Marley a programme to complete about 200 addresses. Marley then comes up with a plan that fits our financial year,” explains Stuart Henderson. “The council’s Clerk of Works monitors the project to ensure quality standards. In all the years we’ve worked with Marley, there have never been any issues with the quality of the products or the service they provide.”