End of feed-in tariff heralds busy time for HWA

We have been assessing the structural adequacy of buildings for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels since 2012. Over the years we have worked on a wide variety of buildings from Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the ‘Walkie Talkie’ in London to many closer to home such as The National Space Centre and Sneinton Market. Working with a range of PV installers, we have dealt with around 200 commercial buildings large and small, from huge distribution centres to village halls, and even a couple of chicken sheds 

With Feed in Tariff payments due to end on March 31st there has been an upsurge in requests for our services. As well as checking the adequacy of the roof structure our engineers will also take time to understand how the building works as a whole – this is crucial in making sure that it can withstand the added load of solar panels. Exceptional features such as nearby buildings, natural topography or potential prevailing weather conditions must also be taken into account. Calculations may be needed to be sure of our findings and although with recently constructed buildings the plans may be available for reference, with older buildings the trained eye, experience and skill of the professional engineer are vital. Government subsidies for the production of solar energy may be ending but PV panel installation will remain both a cost and planet saver and as such, we look forward to continuing our work in this field well into the future.