While many of us benefited from a well-deserved summer break, over 3,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels were installed on the roofs of public-sector buildings in Brussels, supervised by Sibelga.
These installation projects were carried out as part of the SolarClick programme, piloted by the Brussels region. With what aim? To equip 150 of the city’s publicly owned buildings with such panels by the end of the year 2020. The operation will enable Brussels’ CO2 emissions to be reduced by 4,500 tonnes a year.
Five school buildings
“We are taking advantage of the summer to undertake projects at educational establishments. This way, we avoid disturbing the educational programme at critical times such as the exams and the beginning of the school year, in the autumn”, explains Yassine Bousata, who is responsible for monitoring the progress with Sibelga’s photovoltaic project.
The new school year will thus begin with a new energy source for Athénée communale des Pagodes (in Neder-over-Hembeek), Nos Bambins school (in Ganshoren), Goede Lucht school (in Anderlecht) and Les Tournesols school (in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode). At the time of writing, there is still one installation project underway: at Centre Scolaire Les Marroniers, in Auderghem.
More to come!
“At the Les Églantines apartment building, in Neder-over-Hembeek, 1,310 m2 of photovoltaic panels were fitted on the roof”, Bousata continues. “That site took us about two weeks, which is pretty quick for an installation of that power rating. Moreover, the client congratulated us on the way we organised the project and carried it out. ”
Another location where the work has been done is the Housing Fund offices, in Ixelles. “That site was more complex in terms of handling”, Bousata informs us. “The building is in a one-way street; it is very high, and there were a number of obstacles to be overcome. In addition, there were constraints owing to the presence of a supermarket delivery warehouse and some privately owned workshops.”
Last but not least, the Triton swimming pool, at Evere, was also equipped with the panels this summer.
Was the heat a problem?
The heatwaves we experienced this summer did not make things any easier for our teams. “Roofs made of zinc or with reflecting materials can become burning hot in such conditions”, Bousata tells us. “The work had to be stopped on some days.” ”
Despite everything, the weather conditions did not result in any delay to the planning. “Our role, as project coordinators, is to ensure that we finish the work on time, in spite of the conditions. We can, for example, call for more workers in order to make up for having fallen behind schedule. In the end, we have to adapt to the weather conditions, whatever the season”, Bousata concludes.
Finally, it was a good summer for the SolarClick project! More news soon with an update on the project.