North West Bicester, the UK’s first zero carbon town is to feature the country’s largest domestic solar panel array as part of its composition.

The solar aspect entails 17,500m² of panels mounted across the rooftops of all homes to generate electricity. This includes freestanding photovoltaic (PV) panels, overlaid PV panels and inset PV tiles.

The initial phase will provide 393 homes, which meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5. Each home will have a true zero carbon rating, with heat and hot water being generated on-site by a highly-efficient, gas-fired combined heat and power plant.
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The homes at NW Bicester are designed to be ‘future proofed’ against climate change and rising temperatures. Some homes also have future-adaptable roofs, which can be transformed with ease into increased working or living space to improve the life cycle of the buildings and reduce travel requirements.

The company is working with lead developer A2Dominion, and main housing contractor Willmott Dixon, to provide highly-sustainable timber frame houses as part of the project, designed to achieve high standards of environmental sustainability. The first phase of the timber frame element is worth around £1m.

North West Bicester was planned by the British government in 2009 to act as showcases for environmentally sustainable communities. It aims to be a zero-carbon development on the edge of Bicester, Oxfordshire, through measures including renewable energy, public transport and homes with high energy efficiency ratings.