REB2B has supplied the modules and inverters for a 74.3kW industrial rooftop installation at PFG Fabrication in Bampton, Mid Devon. Comprising 354 Sovello SV-X210 PV modules, the completed system exceeds the 50kW limit imposed by Government, and therefore beats the feed-in tariff cuts due on the first of next month.
The £230,000 system, which is now the largest Sovello installation in the country, utilises four RefuSOL inverters, marking the first RefuSOL installation in the UK.
Having received training from local company Eco-Exmoor, PFG took on the challenge of installing the system itself, even manufacturing mounting racks under REB2B’s guidance. The specially-designed racks angle the panels to catch more daylight, overcoming the poor solar orientation of the roof.
Eco-Exmoor also supervised the installation and electrical work, and was responsible for the commissioning while Utility Cost Reductions provided support with assessing feasibility, arranging the feed-in tariff, and negotiating with the local planning authority regarding the installation.
Paul Govier, Director of PFG Fabrication said, “While the solar PV installation is a significant investment, it’s one that makes perfect sense.”
“The system generates all the power we need for the entire business; it’s likely to pay for itself in around six to seven years, and will help us control our energy costs for many years to come. The service and technical support we’ve received from these local companies has been vital to the success of the project.”
James Trebble, Director of REB2B said, “The Sovello panels were the perfect choice for PFG, because of their reliable output and guaranteed power yield. The project presented some particular challenges. But with the four companies working closely together and combining our expertise, we’ve been able to achieve something truly unique.”