Gloucestershire-based energy expert SIEL has been commissioned by the NYSE to install the first phase of one of the UK’s largest roof-mounted grid-connected solar installations. Totaling 600kWp, the first stage of the new system has been installed at NYSE Euronext’s new UK state-of-the-art data centre, the location of which is withheld for security reasons.

The 600kWp installation comprises of six SOLEIL LV photovoltaic converters, each at 100kWp. The individual inverters will be configured with 29 strings of high output multicrystalline PV modules manufactured by Tenesol, which will be connected via intelligent parallel string boxes. A full communications and data-logging system based on SIEL’s own TGS2 monitoring platform will also be installed, providing real time surveillance of operational status, alarms and production data for both the individual inverters and photovoltaic strings.

Completion and grid connection of the initial installation, which is projected to generate in excess of 450,000kW/hrs of electricity and save over 255 tonnes of CO2 per annum, is expected to be complete by mid March 2011.

Speaking with the Solar Power Portal, company representative Wayne Harris said, ‘’The doubt and confusion which now surrounds the industry following the Government's recently announced feed-in-tariff review will certainly have an impact on any future consideration and eventual decision to proceed with the extension of the initial installation up to its maximum projected capacity of 2MW’’.