West Oxford Community Centre, Oxfordshire

The grid connected roof mounted PV Array has been installed by Ardenham Energy Ltd and commissioned by South Facing at the West Oxford Community Centre on the Botley Road in Oxford. Alternergy Ltd was the European distributor chosen to supply all the hardware for the system including the modules, inverters and mounting frames. Sharp modules were chosen as the most cost effective and high quality solution available on the market.

The installation was undertaken following the award of a Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 1 Grant, and planning approval by Oxford City Council in April 2007. The electricity generated is synchronised with the grid supply via an inverter and will be used to supply clean energy to the property, as well as exporting to the grid for use elsewhere when there is more energy produced than is needed in the property.

The 5 kWp array is almost silent in operation and will generate around 4,000 (kWh) of greenhouse gas free electricity each year.
The installation took 3 days to complete and comprises:-

Display showing cumulative kWh and instantaneous Watts in Reception
3 phase pulsed kWh Meter
DC and AC switchgear
Supplier: Alternergy Ltd
Installer: Ardenham Energy
Project summary:
Date installed: June 2007
Forecast kWh generation/year: 4010.00
Technology: Solar PV
Panel area (m2): 39.30
Installation Type: 30 x Sharp 162 Watt polycrystalline
Building integrated: No
System size (kWp) 4.860
Forecast CO2 saving/year(kg): 3,472

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