Grand Designs Hertfordshire House

In October last year Morgans Solar was asked to provide a quotation for a Solar PV system on a new build house which would be featured on Grand Designs and of course we jumped at the opportunity. The project was already under way and filming was in progress. Then the Government announced the proposed cuts to the feed-in tariff and it became a race against time to make sure we were able to install the Solar PV Panels before the 12th December 2011 deadline.

Grand Designs Hertfordshire House

For those of you who are fans of Grand Designs, you will have seen the Hertfordshire House featured last night’s programme (episode 2, series 8).   The construction of the house was unusual including the roof structure so we spent some time liaising between the architect and our structural  engineer to make sure the roof was going to be suitable to take the weight of our proposed system.  The roof membrane could not be penetrated so the framework for the solar panels needed to be held down with ballast, adding additional weight on the roof.  The experts prevailed and our structural engineer who I’ve mentioned before, Keith Rawlings of Rawlings Structural Design Ltd, came up with the final ballast requirements and we were good to go.  We installed and commissioned the system on a very cold and miserable day, 1st December 2011.

By this time, filming for the programme was finished apart from the final sequences and unfortunately they didn’t do any aerial shots so the Solar PV panels were not featured in the programme.  I guess it’s testament to our design that the panels can not be seen from the ground in the final views of the finished house but you can see a short video of our installation by clicking here.   More information andpictures can also be found in the case study area of this website.

We will be a featured supplier in the December issue of the Grand Designs magazine though and we’re still proud to have supplied a Grand Designs house.  But Grand Designs aren’t just for the TV.  Many people embark on self build projects to build themselves a unique home and many will include some sort of renewable energy.  If you know anyone who is thinking about building their own home, please pass on our details and we’ll be happy to talk to them about a bespoke design to compliment the design and requirements of their home.  You can see a The number to call is 01525 213103 or we can be reached via email info@morganssolar.com.