Based in Wakefield, the bespoke manufacture of computers operates across the UK and is a major player in the consumer desktop and laptop market.
K e y S t a t s
CO2 saved per year
89,370kg CO2 saved per year
950 Risen 250Wp
950 Risen 250Wp
The Wakefield-based computer manufacturer – a PC specialist who manufacture bespoke computers which are ‘made to order’, commonly for hi-spec gaming – made contact with us to help them take a big step towards their target of becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2020. With the company testing up to 500 PC’s at any given time, their electricity demand is typically around 285,000 kWh per year, providing a good reason to find a way of reducing their electricity costs.
Following a site survey and a period of consultation, we worked with the client to install a 235.5 kWp system over two buildings, consisting of 950 x 250w Risen solar panels that would cover a total area of 9,500 square metres.
Once installation started, the PV system was installed by a team of six and took just two weeks to complete without disruption to the company’s busy operations.
The system was designed with SolarEdge technology to maximise the generation. This is because Solar Edge enables systems to separate all modules within the string to stop poorly performing modules, generally through shading at different times of the day, from affecting the efficiency of the whole array.
Not only will this make the system up to 25% more efficient, but the array is also safer and easier to repair should anything go wrong. PC Specialist can also check the performance of each inverter and module 24/7 via the free web portal. Being able to quickly identify any issues with the array allows for prompt remedy by our operation and maintenance team.
Solar power will now supply nearly two-thirds of their demand with an estimated 194,920 kWh expected to be produced by the array. In addition to saving over £20,000 per year on energy bills, the company can boast that over 89 tonnes of carbon emissions will also be offset annually.
It’s refreshing to see a company exploring new ways to be green. The array is one of a number of our installations to use a combination of Solar Edge optimisers and inverters, meaning that modules are linked together in pairs rather than in groups of modules in strings.
As a result, this makes it more efficient in the long term since shaded or soiled modules don’t impact on the performance of the other modules in the string. Monitoring at individual panel level also makes it easier to pinpoint any problems, so the system is easier to repair should anything go wrong.
Though restrictions meant that the company couldn’t have a system as big as they wanted, they remain keen to look into this in the future. With the saving from their bills and the exported energy, they’re looking at a good saving on their costs. Therefore, PC Specialist is proud to be doing their bit for the environment.