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Carnyorth Outdoor Education Centre

Fact file

Sector Public sector
Completed Feb 2006
Installation time
3 weeks
Roof type Slate
Panel type
Atlantis sunslates
Carnyorth Outdoor Education Centre

The centre's complete eco-renovation has included a state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) installation.


Carnyorth Outdoor Education Centre based near St Just In Penwith in West Cornwall is a fully centrally heated and self-catering centre which offers a range of activities. The building is used as a residential centre by schools throughout Cornwall.

The centre is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast and is a very prominent building on the roadside, so the local Planning Authority, Penwith District Council, requested that any visual impact be minimised.

Andy with Ali from Carnyorth and the centre's new installation of solar slates


The objective was to provide education and awareness about solar power for the thousands of school children who visit the centre every year.


Funding for the installation has come from the Energy Saving Trust, EDF Green Energy Fund and Cornwall County Council. The overall project was managed by RM Developments.


The centre's complete eco-renovation has included installing a solar thermal system, installing gas central heating (rather than electric) and a state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) installation.

The installation uses 372 Atlantis Sunslates wired in series to produce a total output of 4.96 kWp. This should meet all the the centre's yearly electrical requirements, saving over 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced every year.

The Sunslates were chosen because they look very similar to traditional roof slates so they have a minimal visual impact.

The outcome

The building is run by Alison Law from Cornwall Outdoors who is delighted with the installation. "We are visited by over 3000 pupils from throughout Cornwall every year - this installation will show the young people a glimpse of a more sustainable future and how we can all live a more sustainable life".

The centre is owned by Cornwall County Council who have assisted in writing the specification for the installation and ensuring all the work is of the highest standards. This was the first PV installation on a Cornwall County Council building and has been a great success.