1.5 kWp Oxfordshire
Retired teachers Mr and Mrs Lewis were looking to do their bit for the environment and protect themselves against rising energy costs. With only a small south facing roof available and risk of shading from the chimney, solar PV might not have been the obvious answer. However SMC Solar were able to offer Mr and Mrs Lewis a high performance system that took into account the potential for shading.
The system includes very high performance panels from Sanyo (now Panasonic) which deliver better efficiency than most other panels. Each panel is connected to its own micro-inverter thus each panel will continue to perform at its best regardless of whether its neighbouring panels are shaded. The specially selected Enecsys micro-inverters provide an impressive monitoring system allowing Mr and Mrs Lewis to see exactly what each panel is producing. Although it is a small system, Mr and Mrs Lewis’s installation has successfully used high-tech components to ensure it gets the best generation from their roof.
3.68kWp Horsham, West Sussex
Mr and Mrs Alford were attracted to Solar PV’s generous Feed-in-Tariff as a way of guaranteeing the return on their investment. With a large south east facing roof, solar power was an easy investment choice. When it came to selecting an installer SMC Solar’s competitive prices made them the most cost effective installer to go with.
The project went smoothly with both scaffolding and the solar installation going up on the same day. SMC Solar’s friendly and efficient team were able to complete the job quickly and professionally. They were on hand to answer Mr and Mrs Alford’s questions as the installation went up.
3.84 kWp South Leigh, Oxfordshire
Mr Soame’s interest in the environment and renewable technology had been growing before he approached SMC Solar. The government Feed in Tariff meant that Solar PV was one of the most cost effective and easiest renewable energy systems to have installed. A wood store, purpose built for solar panels, at the end of the garden was the location for SMC’s installation.
Using manufacturer-specific design software meant that the whole system, including the 110 meters of cable from the array to the house were all specially designed to give the most efficient and cost effective installation possible. Using high quality products including an SMA inverter and Bosch panels meant Mr Soame had a 3.84 kWp installation he could trust for the long term future.
9.9 kWp Oxfordshire
At SMC Solar Ltd solar power is not just a product we sell to clients, it is something we believe in ourselves. As well as helping friends and family get the most from their roofs, Managing Director Steve Munday has a total of 9.9kWp of solar PV across his own home. As well as two south facing installations Steve also has 3.95 kWp on his west facing garage. West facing roofs are often overlooked as ‘inefficient’. However with an expanse of roof able to take 16 Samsung panels the amount of power produced from this system still gives a great rate of return from Steve’s investment and as the results show; a West facing array can be almost as efficient as a south facing array.
Shading was also a potential problem for one of Steve’s roofs. However by using a micro inverter for each panel the potential loss from shading was massively reduced. Each panel generates independently and stays unaffected by shading on any other part of the array. Each array of Steve’s has been specifically designed for his needs and for the roof they are mounted on, to give the most efficient systems possible.