Our customer wanted to install solar panels to take advantage of the generous Feed-in Tariff whilst reducing the carbon footprint of his property located between Leeds and Wakefield.
The detached house had roofs facing east and west so we decided to install a split array on the front and back of the house.
We designed an array of 10 x 250w REC solar panels to go on the back of the house facing east whilst 6 panels were installed on the front facing west. These were located to avoid the edge of the roof surface where the wind uplift factor is greater. The 16 panels combined to make a 4kWp system.
We selected a Power One 3.0-OUTD inverter to convert the DC current from the solar panels to AC for use in the house. This inverter is capable of handling a split array where the different banks of panels will peak at different times of day.
Our customer was interested in using his surplus solar PV electricity to heat his water via the immersion heater. We installed an Immersun unit next to the fusebox to automatically re-direct solar electricity to his hot water cylinder. This will help him save considerably on his gas bill.