Rock Power Connections has welcomed Parliamentary Candidate, Robin Walker, and the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, to its head offices to discuss how SMEs can help drive the green agenda.
With a strategic focus on installing the electrical infrastructure for Electrical Vehicle [EV] chargers, Rock Power Connections is proactively working with commercial organisations looking to expand the national network of EV charging points.
Company Directors Kev Sankar, Reece James and Matt Crampton outlined this core growth area for the business, whilst discussing the importance of SMEs adopting a greener approach for themselves and their workers as we move towards a net zero carbon economy.
Kev Sankar, Director at Rock Power Connections, confirmed: “We were delighted to welcome both Kwasi Kwarteng and Robin Walker to Rock Power Connections and thoroughly enjoyed discussing the current and forecast growth of the EV sector. We held a healthy debate on the import...
Granville Lofts is a development of 112 apartments in a prime waterfront location in Birmingham city centre.
The development required a 500kVA package substation installed in an internal room and an extensive internal LV network involving a series of MSDBs to provide individual metering within each apartment.
* The Point of Connection to the distribution network was directly outside the substation room, but it required the Rock Team to liaise with the council in order to excavate a busy footpath. Timing was critical.
* In total, over 4km of service cable was installed. This included very long Low Voltage (LV) cable runs from the substation, through the basement area and up to the ground floor risers where the MSDBs were located.
Darren Huxley, Rock's Project Manager, commented: "The conditions onsite were challenging, especially with the long cable runs, but by working closely with the developer, we successfully energised on schedule.”
The Rock Power Connections team are proud to announce that we will be collecting Christmas Trees in early January 2020, in support of a recycling initiative that raises funds for St Richard’s Hospice.
Households across Worcestershire can sign up to the initiative, where they can donate to St. Richard’s Hospice in exchange for having their tree collected by a host of volunteers, including the Rock Power Connections team.
This is the fourth year that Rock Power Connections has supported the initiative, which takes the hassle out of the post-festive clean up, whilst raising money for independent charity’s free care and support of those living with a serious progressive illness and their loved ones.
Reece James, Operations Director, explains: “Each year, the Rock team and I thoroughly enjoy taking part in the Christmas tree collection on behalf of St Richard’s Hospice. The post-Christmas clear up can be incredibly difficult for those who don’t have the resources, so we’re always more than hap...
We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to join the team at Rock Power Connections. As a Project Manager you will manage all aspects of the construction, installation and commissioning of new electricity contestable connections up to and including 33kV.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to join the team at Rock Power Connections. The Project Managers are responsible for delivering ALL aspects of an electrical connection; on time, on budget, and to client’s expectations. The role would suit a highly-organised person with good communication skills who has a proactive approach to project delivery.
As a Project Manager you will manage all aspects of the construction, installation and commissioning of new electrical connections up to an including 33kV. Reporting to the Operations Director, you will be responsible for delivering these contestable connections on time and within budget.
You will be responsible for liaising with and coordinating technical staff, DNOs, iDNOs, and sub-contractors to meet the project programme and the client’s specifications. You will monitor and forecast project performance and costs, and ultimately control the overall project to ensure desired outcomes are achieved.
As commercial organisations feel an increasing pressure to embrace sustainability within their business, more and more are opting to electrify their fleet.
For those making the switch, the replacement of petrol or diesel vehicles isn’t the only thing to consider. An increasing number of commercial organisations are installing Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers at the workplace.
Having onsite charging facilities will enable businesses to recharge their vehicles on a commercial EV tariff as opposed to relying on the more costly public network, when they are en-route.
What do you need to consider when thinking of installing EV chargers?
And what charging infrastructure do you need for a commercial EV fleet?
HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY WILL MY WORKPLACE CHARGERS USE?
To work out how your EV chargers will integrate with your electricity supply, you first need to consider the electrical load that your chargers will require. The amount of electricity used will depend upon:
A commercial client had accepted a connection offer from the Distribution Network Operator, but needed the Rock Team to undertake the works excluded from the DNO quotation.
This included the substation and metering kiosk plinths, onsite trenching and the installation of the LV cables from the substation to the client’s LV panel. In addition, a GRP housing for the substation was also required.
* Timing was critical. The new electrical supply was for a catering unit which had commercial-scale refrigeration that would need to be turned off for the installation.
* As the site was already congested with other services, the Rock Team had to identify the best plinth position to minimise required diversions.
* As the GRP arrival date was not suiting the client’s need to get energised, the Rock Team built a temporary cover to get the supply live.
The client provided excellent feedback, commenting: “I would like to state that I was more than impressed with the overall perf...
City Heights is a new development of 142 studio apartments for students in Cardiff.
With onsite communal leisure facilities, including a gym, laundry, entertainment room and cinema room, the development needed individual metered supplies for the apartments alongside a landlord supply and a couple of commercial supplies.
* Space, both internally and externally, was massively constrained on this project. An internal 1MVA packaged substation was installed in a very tight space.
* The restricted area within the risers also meant a tight install for the MSDBs and meters.
* The site was in a very busy urban area on one of the key roads into the city. With minimal parking space, deliveries to site had to be carefully managed to avoid disruption.
* In an unusual situation, Western Power Distribution brought the HV cable to site for the Rock Team to undertake the substation installation and onwards works. This required close liaison with WPD.
Since Rock Power Connections was launched in 2012, we have become a leading Independent Connections Provider (ICP), offering a refreshingly different approach to electrical connections and customer service.
However, without our experienced team of electrical engineers, our consistent growth would simply not have been possible.
As we head into the winter months – a challenging time when working outdoors – we sat down with Tim Arnott, Construction Manager at Rock Power Connections, to understand exactly what it takes to be part of the Rock Power Connections’ Electrical Engineering team.
APPROACH TO WORK
“Over the last 7 years, Rock Power Connections have established an excellent company culture, where all team members approach their role with positivity and enthusiasm. This very much extends to the guys working on site. Everyone understands the importance of working and operating to incredibly high-standards and as a result we all share the same work ethic built on a positive ‘can-do’ attit...