BayWa r.e. has selected Solarcentury’s award-winning Sunstation as the first fully integrated solar roof system that it will offer to the UK market in response to growing demand from installers and homeowners for aesthetically-pleasing solar.
Research by Solarcentury found that 86% of homeowners want new additions to their home to ‘look stylish’. Two thirds (65%) said that if they installed solar panels they’d have to be less visible and not stand out; a third (32%) said it was important what their neighbours think about new additions to their home.
Launched last year, Sunstation comprises sleek black modules that sit low on the roof battens so that they are flush with the roof. And with installation typically taking less than a day, Sunstation is already proving popular for the UK’s growing new build sector and the retrofit roof integrated PV market.
Sunstation’s first UK customer was fashion designer and key member of the Design Council CABE Committee Wayne Hemingway; the Sunstation system on the roof of his unique Sussex home has been generating clean solar energy for over a year.
Ian Draisey, the Managing Director at BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Ltd said “Over the past 18 months the growth in new build activity among installers has been noticeable; we have therefore been looking to partner with a reliable solar company so we can offer a fully roof integrated product to the UK market that meets the demands of the new build sector, as well as installers working in the retrofit and refurbishment market.
Sunstation is a Tier 1 manufactured module and is an ideal fit within the BayWa r.e. portfolio of high quality products. We believe that the excellent aesthetics of Sunstation coupled with its simplicity and speed of install will be well received by our customers.”
Sunstation is quick and easy to install because there is no unwieldy sub-frame and it comprises just seven elements, so that the average system can be installed in less than a day. Sunstation systems have just 50% of the quantity of parts when compared to a typical on-roof system. Sunstation has been designed and extensively tested with expert input from engineers, installers and architects.
Frank Oldfield, Head of Sales, Residential Solar at Solarcentury commented, “BayWa r.e. is the perfect distribution partner for our award-winning Sunstation module. The company has a long established and reputable track record as a solar specialist and it is able to fulfil demand from installers around the UK. Their technical design expertise and high quality customer support are going to ensure that installers can select Sunstation with ease.”
Sunstation will be available from March 2017 and can be ordered from BayWa r.e. Solar System’s online portal (www.baywa-re-solarsystems.co.uk) or by phoning BayWa r.e.’s dedicated sales team on 01654 700777.
BayWa r.e. Solar Systems and Solarcentury will be providing training sessions for installers at various locations around the UK. Our first event will be held from 10am on 8th March 2017 at Solarcentury’s training centre in London. Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please contact Meryl Roberts (Meryl.firstname.lastname@example.org) at BayWa r.e.
Solarcentury is one of the most respected solar companies in the world. Founded in 1998, we have been around since the early days of the solar industry and have been part of the evolution that has made PV the attractive investment it is today. We have put solar on a greater variety of sites than any other company in the industry, and have won multiple awards for product innovation.
We work directly with our clients to design and install commercial, industrial and utility scale solar. We also supply our products and services to installers and distributors. All of our customers benefit from our experience in terms of engineering quality, superior yields and sheer breadth of deployment.
We are a big believer in helping solar PV change our world for the better and contribute 5% of our net profits every year to the charity we founded, SolarAid, which aims to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa by 2020.
And our business is global and growing, with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Kenya, South Africa, Chile, Panama and Mexico; with representation in France and Germany.
For information about Solarcentury, see www.solarcentury.com.
For information about Solarcentury’s Sunstation, see www.gosunstation.com.
 Omnibus conducted for Solarcentury by Populus in April 2015 amongst 1,052 nationally representative UK adults.