Adult Autism Unit, Northgate Hospital

Client  Vaughan's    Sector Health 

Client Background

Northgate Hospital is part of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Mitford Unit is an autism inpatient unit located on the Northgate Hospital site and provides a specialist service for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Challenge

Mitford Unit required solar panels to harness the sun's energy. They requested a large installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) panels. 

What UCS Renewables Did

UCS Renewables installed 204 x 250w panels, giving an output of 51kWp. To meet sustainable code levels, the solar PV array had to reach an annual target of 42,000kwh per year, hence the need for 204 panels.

The panels are arranged over 4 roofs, in an aesthetically pleasing formation. They are positioned to avoid roof lights and vents. The mounting brackets we used are Schletter standing seam clamps and rails.

Due to the size of the array and additional solar panels on other buildings in the vicinity, Northern Power Grid insisted on a separate G59 relay in addition to the integrated G59/3 protection in the SMA inverters.

The panels generate plenty of power, even on overcast days, allowing the Mitford Unit to run efficiently and at a low cost. UCS Renewables also won the work to install the data cabling, TV work and CCTV at the unit.