Photovoltaic panels

Photovoltaic panels

Harnessing the sun’s energy

As part of The Hereford and Gloucestershire Canal Trust, The Wharf House aims to become self-sustinable both financially and in our carbon footprint. September 2010 saw The Wharf House roof being fitted with 94 photovoltaic panels – one of the largest array of solar panels in the county.

Solar electricity systems capture the suns energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. Each cell is made from multiple layers of semi conductive material. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The strength of the PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kwp) – that’s the amount of energy the cell generates in full sunlight.

Narrow metal strips take the electricity to inverters housed in The Wharf House loft. The inverters then change the direct current from the cells into alternating current; the same type as comes through the mains electricity.

This is then used to run household appliances and lighting, and in our case, at peak times, all the electricity needed for the building!

Unique to The Wharf House, we also have our very own direct cycle and footpath link to Highnam, Maisemore and across the island to the centre of Gloucester Docks. Plus, we even have our own bus stop too!