Creative Play Solar Panels

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creative play factory with solar panels
Who are they?

Creative Play is a family-run business established in 1991, based in Saltney near Chester manufacture and installs high-quality playground equipment for schools, nurseries, holiday parks, pubs and many more. They have been creating areas in which children can explore their creativity for more than 30 years. Some of their clients include Chester Zoo and Alton Towers to name a few.


Creative Play were looking to plan for a renewable future. They were looking to move towards a more sustainable source of electricity production, strengthen their green credentials from their customer perspective and reduce their overall carbon footprint. Alongside the environmental benefits, Creative Play had the aim of dramatically reducing their overall electricity costs due to the uncertainty of the current energy climate and their reliance on the Grid.

Our Solution

In order to supply Creative Play with a solution which met their needs, we first needed to complete a full site survey, this allows us to complete a detailed plan for the installation. This process allows us to ensure we are installing the solar panels in the most efficient locations so as to generate the maximum power possible, this process also helps to keep disruption to the business to a minimum.
At Creative Play we installed a 40kWp Solar PV system. The system we installed consisted of 100 x 410W Tier 1 Solar PV panels, alongside a 3 phase 40kW inverter, this is used to convert the DC power generated by the panels into AC energy which can be consumed by our client.

For the installation our expert team arranged the panels on the roof in the most efficient and space-saving orientation, ensuring to avoid covering any of the skylights within the roof so as to not reduce any of the natural light that comes in the building.

All the products we used on this install work with a handy app or online web portal, this allows the customer to check up on the system from anywhere to ensure it is operating effectively with no issues.

Benefits to the Client

The solar system we installed here at Creative Play is now capable of generating around 33,000kWh of free electricity each year, and any excess energy that is not used on site can be sold back to the Grid for additional income. The system we installed is capable of generating 50% of Creatives Play’s overall electricity use thus allowing them to reduce their electricity costs dramatically. This will save Creative Play thousands over the 25 year output warranty of the panels, with the system paying for itself within a few years. This installation allows our client to offset 8,250kg of CO2 which will help them to meet carbon emission targets as well as increase their green credentials.

The full installation on site was completed in just 4 days. This was also carried out with minimal disruption to the ongoing operations of our clients. This was possible due to the flexibility of our installation team who worked around Creative Play’s operating hours. With solar PV panels requiring little to no ongoing maintenance, the system will stay in top condition for years to come generating free energy for our client.

Client Feedback

“From the outset dealing with Ian and Gregg has all been straightforward and easy, the quote was sent over promptly and they were happy to go over and revise as needed. Installation went smoothly and any queries were dealt with quickly and professionally.
The system has been in for two months and we are already seeing the benefit and making savings on our energy expenditure. Definitely worthwhile getting Solar Panels fitted and working with Ian, Gregg and The Rawson team as it was seamless and easy”