FORE Partnership is bringing some of the most innovative solar PV panels ever installed in
the UK to Windmill Green in Manchester.
Energy generated will be used to power all of the lighting in the seven-storey building on the
corner of Windmill Street and Mount Street in the city centre.
FORE’s highly sustainable office development will feature Sunpreme’s GxB380 Bifacial Smart
Solar Panels, which are ideally suited for Manchester’s mixed climate.
The double glass solar panels are designed with bifacial advantage that absorbs light from
both sides, boosting efficiencies by up to 20% by generating additional electricity through
FORE is the first real estate developer in the UK to use Sunpreme’s high-tech solar panels,
having also installed them at its Yorkshire House building in Leeds and at 58 Victoria
Embankment in London.
Basil Demeroutis, FORE Managing Partner, said: “We have used Sunpreme products in a
number of locations and they have incredible consistency, even with the mixed weather we
can get in this country, particularly in Manchester.
“Given the reduction in feed-in tariffs, we need to find new ways to make the economics of
installing solar PVs pay, and Sunpreme does exactly that.”
The company has formed a strategic channel partnership with FORE and is deploying its
solar panels on FORE’s one million plus square feet of real estate. Manchester is FORE’s
third building using Sunpreme technology. The partnership is designed to deliver advanced
solar products and engineering support to select clients and installers.
FORE is planning on installing a display in the Windmill Green reception that showcases the
various stages of manufacture of solar PVs, from silica to finished panel, in order to demystify
the technology and bring it closer to the building’s tenants.
Windmill Green is set to become Manchester’s most sustainable multi-let office building
when it opens its doors later this summer.
Expected to receive BREEAM’s top “Outstanding” rating for sustainability, the building will
also be Manchester’s most digitally advanced, already having garnered WiredScore
Surinder S. Bedi, Executive Vice President for Business Development, System Products and
Quality & Reliability at Sunpreme, said: “We warmly welcome FORE to Sunpreme Channel
Partnership and congratulate them on their commitment to high standards and helping
clients reach their energy goal.
“The growing commercial, industrial, and residential markets are of strategic importance.
Sunpreme bifacial smart panels are an industry game changer for landlords – with superior
lifetime yields, and safest long-term energy investments – and allows us to broaden our
reach further into these commercial rooftop markets, especially in northern climates with
more variable weather patterns.
“Our solar panels have been tested and certified to withstand challenging environmental
conditions, including extreme temperatures, snow load, wind, sand, salt mist, humidity, and
we couple that with one of the best power warranties in the industry.”
Demeroutis added: “We are really pleased to have forged such a close partnership with
Sunpreme. The have an incredible reputation for innovation and we really want to push
such innovative technologies in our properties.”
Sunpreme, a global solar photovoltaic company that designs and manufactures proprietary
panels, took the 2018 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award. It is ranked among
the top three performers in the global PV market, and has won seven of the top 10 rankings
among thin-film PV products.
Sunpreme’s GxB380 Bifacial Smart Solar panels with integrated optimiser are the most
advanced high efficiency panels available today and have received high marks for its
innovative technology and world-class quality. They deliver the best cost performance value
in the industry.
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About FORE Partnership
FORE Partnership is a transformational real estate investment firm that addresses the
specific needs of family offices and private investors for greater alignment with their
property investments. FORE achieves this firstly through the direct co-investing platform it
has developed which sources, manages and realises value through hands-on, creative real
estate strategies in the UK and Western Europe. And via a principled investment approach,
FORE drives returns with a holistic view on sustainability, design, occupational trends,
community and the built environment. The firm calls this approach “responsible real
estate”. The team has a successful €5 billion track record spanning three decades. FORE’s
co-founders are Basil Demeroutis who was previously a Partner of Capricorn Investment
Group, a private investment firm, and Cording Real Estate Group, the European property
investment and asset management firm, and FORE operates as part of Cording.
Headquartered in California US, Sunpreme is a global solar photovoltaic company that
designs, develops, and manufactures its innovative bifacial double glass panels utilizing a
proprietary Hybrid Cell Technology (HCT), with efficiencies from 21.8% to 24%. These panels
deliver the best cost performance value and outstanding warranty to clean-tech customers.
Sunpreme’s Bifacial, Smart optimized panels are among the world’s most powerful, with STC
outputs ranging from 310 to 510W before the bifacial boost, with superior product
reliability and environmental stewardship. Sunpreme was ranked among the top three
performers in the entire global PV market, and has won 7 of the top 10 rankings among
thin-film PV products. Sunpreme solutions are deployed in 28 countries around the world.