Solar panels helping to keep office in power – and charge company car

Steve Wells with DWP Housing Partnership's electric car that is charged with electricity captured by the solar panels on the roof

Steve Wells with DWP Housing Partnership's electric car that is charged with electricity captured by the solar panels on the roof

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DORSET’S biggest private landlord has installed 200 solar panels on the roof of its HQ – allowing it to charge an electric car.

DWP Housing Partnership – formerly Dave Wells Properties – has spent £60,000 on the photovoltaic panels on its building at St Clements Road, Boscombe.

The 50KW system converts sun electricity, providing power for the 30-40 people out of its 100 staff who are in the building at any one time.

The company’s Nissan LEAF can be charged directly from the solar power and can go 124 miles on a full charge.

The car is kept charging in its parking bay when not in use. It performs like a petrol car, accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds, with a top speed of 98mph Steve Wells, of DWP Housing Partnership, said: “Investing in green technologies makes sense.

“We anticipate that the outlay for the solar panels will be recouped within six years.

“When the sun is shining the panels provide enough power for our needs and any excess is sold back to the national grid.

“We are also able to charge our electric car, which we’ve been very impressed with.

“We took it on for a trial period and were so pleased with it we’ve kept it and aim to add more electric vehicles in the future.

“It costs just two pence per mile to run compared with 14 or 15 pence for a normal, petrol-powered car.”

Tim Bamford of Savills Energy Team in Wimborne, who consulted on the installation, said: “With energy prices predicted to rise significantly over the next 10 years, solar PV offers an excellent opportunity to mitigate these ever increasing costs.” DWP Housing Partnership houses more than 3,000 tenants in and around Bournemouth and is investing in new developments.

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3:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

adspacebroker says...

You just know its coming......wait for them........here they come.........read on!
You just know its coming......wait for them........here they come.........read on! adspacebroker
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5:30pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Peroni says...

At least it's legal and a lot more safe and reliable than his dads were when he sold them !
He looks like one of his tenants not the boss ........ Lol
What a scruff !
At least it's legal and a lot more safe and reliable than his dads were when he sold them ! He looks like one of his tenants not the boss ........ Lol What a scruff ! Peroni
  • Score: 2

8:02pm Tue 29 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

And many moons ago I thought the clock garage was the only one in the area..... ;0)
And many moons ago I thought the clock garage was the only one in the area..... ;0) BIGTONE
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10:03am Wed 30 Jul 14

pete woodley says...

And just what has steve wells done to you,NOTHING,so why the childish bitchy comments,grow up .
And just what has steve wells done to you,NOTHING,so why the childish bitchy comments,grow up . pete woodley
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12:48pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Peroni says...

pete woodley wrote:
And just what has steve wells done to you,NOTHING,so why the childish bitchy comments,grow up .
Iam afraid he has to live with the legacy of his father !
Like other people have had to do,if they have that sort in the family and it's known.
Many people were beaten up intimidated and threatened in his 'businesses' . Maybe a legal company nowadays ,but was built on top of the lower levels shall I say .
And yes he does look scruffy for a 'business' man ....not childish comment at all.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: And just what has steve wells done to you,NOTHING,so why the childish bitchy comments,grow up .[/p][/quote]Iam afraid he has to live with the legacy of his father ! Like other people have had to do,if they have that sort in the family and it's known. Many people were beaten up intimidated and threatened in his 'businesses' . Maybe a legal company nowadays ,but was built on top of the lower levels shall I say . And yes he does look scruffy for a 'business' man ....not childish comment at all. Peroni
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