Martin Cotterell is the Founder and currently Chairman and Technical Director of Sundog Energy. Founded in 1995, Sundog Energy has grown to be one of the leading PV companies in the UK, with clients from all sectors from housing to large public and commercial projects. Sundog has installed some of the UK’s most innovative PV systems, including currently a 240kWp glass-glass PV system on Kings Cross Station.
Martin has a background in Engineering, BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and worked with the British Antarctic Survey and Greenpeace prior to setting up Sundog. Martin was awarded the Institute of Directors, Cumbria Director of the year, 2009.
Martin has played a central role in establishing and improving UK industry standards for PV systems. Martin was the main author of the UK Guide to the installation of PV systems and he worked on the development of the engineering recommendations that govern grid-connection of PV in the UK. Martin sits on the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) PV and roofing technical working groups as well as the REAL code panel.
As well as UK standards work, Martin also represents the UK on the IEC (International Electrotechnical Committee) PV systems working group, which he also convenes.
- Testing PV systems: Forget ‘fit and forget’
- G83/2 deadline: are you ready?
- Solar MOTs: are they a waste of time?
- You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
- PID and functional earthing
- So what’s gone wrong?
- Getting ready for PV storage
- How the MCS shade procedure was developed
- Shade assessment guidance
- Does solar have an image problem?
- Answering your questions about the updated MCS PV guide
- Sun path diagrams and shade lines
- Navigating the maze: a guide to grid PV regulations
- G59 commissioning explained
- PV array testing: a shocking survey