Solarcentury has been appointed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to supply and install photovoltaics (PV) as part of the £50 million Phase two - Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP). Grants will be awarded to help schools, local housing authorities, housing associations and other public sector and charitable bodies throughout the UK to go solar by covering 50% of the cost of a PV installation.

They envisaged that a website that could be put to work for them to not only market but also help administer the scheme.

Using Joomla, an Open Source Content Management System, we developed a content rich website and then extended the functionality to allow various administration tasks to be carried out using the website.

Schools apply for the scheme online and their details are recorded on the web database. These details are always accessible to Solar Century staff who are also able to record technical information, and attach media items to the application, as the evaluation process takes place.

Should a school be successful this information is seamlessly fed into Case Study pages on the web site, with the click of a few buttons.

We think that this project is great example of how a website can be put to work streamlining processes, saving time and money.

I Am Human produced the Solar 4 Schools website graphic design, site architecture and HTML templates. I Am Human and Sebenza Systems are key members of a small business network called Curtain Road.Net based in Shoreditch, London, EC2A.

About Sebenza Systems

Sebenza Systems, named after the Zulu translation of "work", delivers information strategies that change the way that people operate.

Of course we do websites and increasingly our clients ask for more than simply a presence on the web. We are being approached by businesses seeking a strategy that develops interactions between them and their customers, business partners or staff members.

Our interfaces provide the structures needed to realise a modern approach to work and information flow. Sometimes this is a site that can be updated by the companies' staff or perhaps ordering mechanisms that the staff of a supplier or customer can work with.

About Curtain Road.Net

Curtain Road is a a strategic alliance Sebenza Systems has formed with a Creative Agency - I Am Human, Video / 3D specialists - Mog Machine, Shoot Experience - home of Shoot Shoreditch and Shoot London. Sebenza Systems and these three small businesses all operate from the same studio space in Shoreditch, under the umbrella of CurtainRoad.Net, and produce work for a wide range of clients within the art, public and corporate sectors.

About Solar Century

Solarcentury is the UK's leading solar energy company, specialising in the supply and innovation of building integrated photovoltiacs. Solarcentury is in business for a purpose: to help create a cleaner world and a sustainable future. Solarcentury has installed solar systems on the Eden Project, Vauxhall Cross Bus Terminal and the UK's largest solar system on the CIS Tower, Manchester.

Gareth Shapiro
Sebenza Systems Ltd
150 Curtain Road

020 7033 3555

Published on: 12:00AM on 24th April 2007