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Chester-Le-Street Commercial Solar Panel Installer

Our client is a Chester-le-Street based Fire Station and is part of the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. They came to us looking for a commercial solar panel installation.

High Handenhold Fire Station opened its doors on the 9th of October 1997, and has provided fire and rescue cover for nearly three decades across a 89 sq km (34.5 sq m) radius. The rescue service also borders with Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

The Fire Service reached out to EcoFuture in order to reduce their energy bills and maximise energy generation from a large Solar PV system. Their solar installation in Chester-le-Street will in turn help modernise their facility and put them in good stead for future upgrades such as an Air Source Heat Pump, or EV Charging stations. 

EcoFuture met their expectations with a 16 kW on roof Solar PV system spread across two aspects of their roof and paired with a Solis 15kW S5 3 Phase Inverter.


Our System Design

All systems are completely bespoke so we can maximise the efficiency of your system.


  • SOL-CT-100A-10
  • 3 Phase Generation Module – Iskra MT174 3 Phase
  • Wifi Dongle Solis Data Logging Stick

About this commercial solar PV system

Maximum Efficiency

The first stage of the fire stations solar install was to erect scaffolding, whilst taking into account that access should be maintained for both pedestrians and fire crew/ appliances at all times without disturbing regular service. 

The second stage was installing the PV system. The 16kW solar panel system consisted of 45x Jinko Tiger Neo, 430Wp, 54 cell All Black solar panels which were spread across the main roof of the station and over the appliance rooftop. These panels were fitted on roof using a Renusol VarioSole+ mounting rail system with matching black bird guards around the full perimeter.

While the solar panels were being installed, a Solis 15kW S5 3 Phase Inverter with wifi connection was fitted with full DC runs leading straight to both sets of PV systems. 

The final stage of the project involved a full commmissioning of the technology and handover demonstration.

The installation was completed quickly - within one week of the start date. Our installers managed to deliver this without disturbing the day to day running of the facility.

System Benefits

Our client has benefitted from the following improvements thanks to their new commercial solar panel installation:

Maximum Savings

Install benefits explained...

Our Chester-le-Street fire service client went for a full 45 panel solar install which will dramatically lower their energy bills, as well as lower their carbon footprint for the whole site.  

The new 16kW solar PV system will generate and supply free, clean energy from the sun and run it directly to the Fire Station’s services. As the client doesn’t have battery storage in place, any unused energy which is generated by the sun will then be sent back to the grid for added savings.

We have estimated that the client will save approximately £3,077 annually on their current energy bills and lower their annual carbon reduction by at least 3 tons.

System Installation

Ecofuture provide air source & solar panel installs in County Durham and the surrounding areas.

Air source & Solar Installation

How did we install this system?

Since the Fire Service is integral to the local area, it was important for us not to disrupt access to and from the facility or interrupt services at any time. We made it a duty to quickly erect the scaffolding across the two areas of the site and be mindful of general access. 

Once the scaffolding was up we installed the solar PV system quickly and efficiently with no disruption to the client. This installation process was completed within a week of the start date.

We finished the project installing a new commercial inverter and DC runs whilst minimising disruption to the client and Fire Service.

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