Solar PV in Ireland

Sound advice about buying, installing and using Solar PV systems and associated energy storage systems

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Tel. 00353 87 2459964

Email. info@timcooper.ie

Address;

Cambrige Mews, Sandycove Avenue East,

Dun Laoire, Co Dublin

The Executive

Key issues

PV panels provide an economical and simple method for achieving compliance with Part L Building Regulation carbon emission, energy consumption and renewable energy utilisation requirements.

 

The essential requirement is suitable space where the panels can be fitted. This space must be shade free facing anywhere from East through South to West. Ideally the panels should be sloping at about 30 degrees from horizontal... though anything from 5 degrees to 60 degrees will work also. We can help you to decide if you have sufficient suitable space.

 

The panels need to be held in place with a properly designed and fitted support system. We help you to select the correct support system.

 

The system can be fixed in place by properly trained site operatives. We will help you to train and supervise these operatives.

 

The power from the panels must be converted into a 230V AC supply that can be connected to the mains circuit. This is done using an EN50438 (Irish Settings) inverter. We will help you to select the correct inverter(s) for your system.

 

The electrical side of the system must be connected up and commissioned by suitably qualified personnel. We will help you to find the right person to do this job.

Documention

The preparation and retention of related documentation is of critical importance. This covers the consents required from ESB Networks before the system is connected up and full details of the as-built and as-commissioned system.

 

We will also provide you with reliable estimates of annual outputs for your PV systems based on data collected in Ireland from a range of suitable reference sites. This data provides a basis for assessing the performance of the system throughout its life.

Green Building PV Output - 110314

This remarkable chart shows the output from the 3.6kW PV array on the Green Building, Temple Bar, Dublin recorded on 11th March 2014....20 years after the array was commissioned. There has been no measurable reduction in output.

Limerick Library PV Array

Lissanalta Library HQ Building, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick

The first large PV array in Ireland.... designed by Tim Cooper and supplied by Solarcentury in August 2008. This PV array generated an average of 930 kWh/kWp/yr during its first 3 years of operation.

Still working perfectly after 20 years