Craigdon Mountain Sports – Pentland Outdoor Centre in Edinburgh is a finalist in the 2016 Scottish Renewable Energy Awards.
The decision to make the state of the art store eco-friendly and sustainable was an easy for Gordon Lee, the Managing Director.
Gordon said “We wanted the building to reflect all things Scottish and visually it does this with the use of Denfind Scottish Stone and Scottish Larch cladding. Anyone who has driven past will notice how striking the building is but we also wanted to extend sustainability by the lowering of our carbon footprint by the use of rainwater harvesting and also by the extensive use of solar panels. The Solar Panels were achieved by working with AES Solar and Solar Kingdom.”
A spokes person from AES Solar said “This new build project features an advanced heating and cooling system, other energy savings measures and in the case of this submission, a solar roof as an integral part of a radical building design. This is a building that makes a statement. It has been designed to maximise the use of solar PV by incorporating a mono pitch roof across its entire footprint. This use of Renewables underlines the approach of the owners to sustainability in their business, which is about enabling their customers to safely enjoy to the full, our natural environment. The building runs seven days a week as a retail outlet, with significant energy requirements, meaning self consumption of generated electricity is near to 100%. Craigdon Edinburgh work in a very competitive retail sector, so carefully controlling energy use is an important element in minimising overheads. Solar plays an important role in meeting this objective.
“The project ably demonstrates the potential for solar on commercial rooftops and the contribution it can make in reducing both running costs and carbon emissions.”