To help Solarcentury meet the demand for green technology, Sony UK has built a production line at its Pencoed plant near Bridgend in South Wales. This represents Sony UK Technology Centre’s first foray into the photovoltaics industry.
The Solarcentury C21e roof tile was first developed in 2004. According to the company, 36 C21e tiles can produce up to 60 per cent of a typical household’s electricity requirements, or all the electricity needs for an energy efficient home, with each system expected to save over 50 tonnes of C02 over its 50 year lifetime.
Steve Dalton, Managing Director, Sony UK Technology Centre said: ‘Since the closure of the traditional TV manufacturing operations in 2005 we have diversified and brought in new high-tech Sony products for manufacture. We have selected new technologies to expand our manufacturing activity. We have a highly skilled and motivated team and one of the world’s best manufacturing locations here at Pencoed and we are keen to work with Solarcentury on their renewable energy products, it makes good business and environmental sense. We believe our high-volume, high quality manufacturing experience coupled with their innovation will lead to great results.’
Solarcentury estimates currently installed C21e roof tiles could save a total of over 6,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions during their lifetime. House builders using the tile include Barratt, St James and Gleeson Homes, with the largest deployment to date by Fairview New Homes with over 1,000 C21e tiles on their 360 unit Queens Gate development in Croydon, South London.