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Guildford Waterside Centre – Surrey – 33kWp and 2 x Tesla Powerwalls and SolaSkirt (Jun 23)

Client Name: Guildford Waterside Centre
Location: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Project Date: February 2023

Introduction

The Guildford Waterside Centre, a prominent a prominent commercial complex nestled by the riverbanks in Guildford, Surrey, embarked on an ambitious mission to reduce its carbon footprint while enhancing energy reliability and sustainability. This case study illuminates the successful implementation of a cutting-edge solar installation consisting of 81 Canadian Solar 410W panels distributed across three arrays, K2 mounting, a Solis 30kW inverter, SolaSkirt and two Tesla Powerwalls, marking a significant step towards a greener future.
Project Overview

Client Objective: To harness renewable energy, reduce operational expenses, and establish the Guildford Waterside Centre as a leader in sustainable business practices.

System Specifications

Total Panels: 81 x Canadian Solar 410W Panels
Panel Type: Monocrystalline
Mounting System: K2 Mounting
Inverter Type: Solis 30kW Inverter
Energy Storage: 2 x Tesla Powerwalls
Solar Panel Protection: SolaSkirt

Challenges

  1. Maximizing Rooftop Space: The commercial complex’s rooftop had limited space, necessitating an optimized layout to accommodate the 81 solar panels.
  2. Energy Reliability: Ensuring a consistent power supply during grid outages and peak demand periods was crucial for the client’s operations.
  3. Pigeon Infestation: Protecting the solar panels from pigeon nesting and damage, which is a common issue in urban areas, and also gave the system a sleek finish.

Solution

  1. High-Performance Components: We proposed Canadian Solar 410W panels for their high efficiency and longevity. The K2 mounting system offered flexibility in panel placement, while the Solis 30kW inverter and Tesla Powerwalls provided advanced energy management.
  2. Customized Design: Our team designed a bespoke layout, optimizing panel placement to maximize solar exposure. The panels were positioned to complement the architectural aesthetics of the complex.
  3. Solar Panel Protection: To mitigate pigeon infestation and protect the solar investment, our SolaSkirt premium pigeon-proofing system was integrated around the solar arrays, preventing access to nesting sites and potential damage.

Installation Process

  1. Site Assessment: An exhaustive site assessment was conducted to determine the most efficient panel orientation along with the best location for the inverters and Powerwall placement.
  2. Panel Installation: Eighty-one Canadian Solar panels were meticulously installed on the rooftop, ensuring structural integrity and aesthetic harmony. Our SolaSkirt premium pigeon proofing system was also fitted to safeguard the panels and associated wiring.
  3. Inverter and Powerwall Setup: The Solis 30kW inverter and two Tesla Powerwalls were seamlessly integrated into the system, providing grid-independent power generation and storage as well as back up in the event of a grid outage.
  4. Commissioning: Rigorous testing and programming of the Tesla Powerwalls ensured reliable backup power during outages.

Results

Energy Production: The 81-panel solar system generates an average of 33,210 kWh annually, significantly reducing the Centre’s reliance on conventional energy sources.
Cost Savings: Guildford Waterside Centre now saves an estimated £14,000 per year on electricity expenses, contributing to a rapid return on investment.
Sustainability Impact: The installation reduces carbon emissions by approximately 19 tons per year, solidifying the Centre’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

Conclusion

The Guildford Waterside Centre’s adoption of advanced solar technology, featuring 81 Canadian Solar panels distributed across three arrays, a Solis 30kW inverter, and two Tesla Powerwalls, signifies a significant leap toward a sustainable, cost-efficient future. This project not only slashes energy costs but also positions the Centre as a beacon of sustainability within the community. It exemplifies the potential of solar energy to transform commercial spaces into eco-friendly, resilient, and financially savvy entities, setting a remarkable precedent for businesses seeking to embrace renewable energy and reduce their environmental footprint.

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