We recently featured in a piece covering the installation of an Activ8 Solar PV System on the roof of St. Clare’s Abbey Primary & Nursery School in Co. Down, one of our latest Solar PV installations. Gary Connolly, from our PV department discussed the challenges that presented themselves during the initial construction of this project. With extensive PV experience, we were able to change the design to suit this exact installation, opting for a GSE ‘In Roof’ integrated roof-mounting system, which fits into the roof rather than sitting up above it.
It is less obtrusive and more aesthetically pleasing.
Our experience has allowed us to work with many different types of structures and roofing compositions. The challenging aspect of our St. Clare’s installation was the Kingspan slate and tile support system. This meant that all regular mounting systems compromised the weather-tightness of the roof.
This level of weather-tightness could only secured through this installation. Gary and our team were delighted with the solution as it looked extremely well on roof and naturally complimented the architectural styling of the building.
Another aspect of the installation that was very important to us, as it is with all of our PV installations, is the ability to monitor the system going forward. We worked with the MGA Communications crew to integrate the monitoring of the system into the onsite BMS.
This project is another feather in the cap of our PV Department here at Activ8 Solar Energies as it adds to the vast array of PV work we have completed to date. As part of this installation we used a Solis 3 phase inverter, boasting a highly efficient yield curve, 2 MPPT Trackers and a 10-year warranty – which is five more than the industry standard. Not to mention our main solar PV panel of choice, the Suntech 270w black mono solar panels, the best in the business with their Bloomberg Tier 1 rating. We’ve worked on projects as big as 100kWh systems on cinemas, right down to Part L compliant 1 kWp systems on new-build housing developments throughout Ireland.
It is important to us that each and every job is approached in the same manner. With this in mind, we see a lot of new-build solar PV opportunities arising with the heavily publicised housing shortage in Ireland at the moment. With the growth of the economy and high demand for quality housing, we feel that solar PV in Ireland presents a great opportunity for developers looking towards Part L compliance in their upcoming developments.
We are the only ISO accredited dedicated solar installer in Ireland at present and with extensive experience of over 7,000 installations across the island itself, we are in an excellent position to consult, design and install solar on new developments.
To read our featured piece on St. Clares Primary School, click here.