Lightsource Renewable Energy and Octopus Investments have now completed what is thought to be the largest solar rooftop in the UK. At 1.65MW the project, installed at the Promens warehouse in Beccles, Suffolk, trumps the previous 1.16MW record. Developed by Lightsource and constructed by Grupotec, the solar installation was financed by hundreds of investors throughout the UK.
REC supplied 7,000, 235Wp multicrystalline solar panels for the project, with Danfoss 15kW inverters additionally utilised. The modules, at 65.5in x 39in x 1.49in, are said to hold 14.2% efficiency and will support the Promens warehouse to the point where 100% of the power-generated will be used on site.
Nicholas Boyle, CEO of Lightsource said, “This roof-top solar plant highlights the important role solar generation has to play in our future energy mix, particularly when the energy it produces is used at source removing the need for wasteful distribution networks. Getting this site online before the August deadline was a considerable achievement and it is a real credit to Grupotec, for their speed and coordination during design and construction, and to Promens as a company for their commitment to the project and a willingness to do what was needed to get it completed.”
By completing work on the installation before the August 1 deadline, this project stands to benefit from the higher feed-in tariff rate. The companies noted that they worked diligently to ensure that the solar project met this deadline without difficulty.