EvoEnergy was asked to install two solar PV systems for the real estate management firm Rubicon West at one of its office and retail complexes in Wigmore in Luton.
Consisting of 291 panels and seven inverters, the combined 69 kWp array was the first project to be fitted by the EvoEnergy team using the Conergy roof hook mounting system; a pre-assembled system which reduces install time considerably.
The team rose to the challenge, completing all mechanical elements a week ahead of schedule. The whole system itself, including a complex electrical BOS installation to link the two arrays, was completed in just three weeks.
Because the panels were installed above shops, offices, a library and a health centre, the on site project manager made sure that all the tenants were kept well informed of planned works and possible disruption well in advance. By working closely with them, any inconvenience caused by temporary power cuts, scaffolding or the need for internal access to switch rooms or meters was kept to a minimum.
Rubicon West was introduced to EvoEnergy through the company Clem Dobson Associates, and chose to install solar for the Feed-in Tariff revenues available and a need to minimise energy demand and limit future price rises.
With this in mind, the system was installed with real time PV monitoring to give online access to power output, CO2 savings and FiT earnings on demand through mobile, tablet and desktop. Using sophisticated sensors to measure irradiance and module and ambient temperature, system performance and efficiency is also easily measured – a vital aspect of current and future funded project contractual obligations for this particular customer.
Clem Dobson from Clem Dobson Associates commented:
“The project at Wigmore Park was the first one undertaken by this client – and they chose a big one! EvoEnergy guided us expertly through the various stages including initial evaluation, planning permission, detailed design, metering and final registration of the system. The installation was carried out with very little disruption and over a surprisingly short period given the size of the system. All in all, an impressive performance.”