The South Bank Tower in London is to be powered by a solar rooftop system.

The means of providing clean electricity is set to save around 11,850 kg of C02 after the 100-panel, 26 kilowatt-peak solar PV system was installed on the newly-developed skyscraper.
South Bank Tower
Edie website reports that the system, designed and fitted by commercial PV developer EvoEnergy, will comprise 50 Solarworld 260 panels on both the 41st and 42nd floor, making it one of the highest solar installations in the UK

The system will generate around 22,400 kWh per annum of power for the tower’s 193 luxury apartments, shops, restaurants and bars.

EvoEnergy project manager James Fuller told Edie: “Getting a solar system on top of a building this high is a complex process; it brings different challenges to an installation, on say, a two or three storey building. There’s a lot of planning to be done around the logistics of the project, and once you’re up there you’re having to contend with the ever-changing British weather – there were a few times we had to stop working due to the high winds.”

As part of an overall drive towards sustainability in the UK’s capital, EvoEnergy has previously installed a 250-panel, 50 kWp solar system on top of London’s 38-storey landmark Walkie-Talkie skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street.

Meanwhile earlier this month, it was announced that combined heat and power (CHP) technology will supply enough low-carbon energy to power 20,000 of the capital’s residents in the London Docklands area as part of a £1bn Royal Wharf development.