Mayford Grange, a new development in Surrey by Retirement Villages Ltd, has been equipped with a photovoltaic system employing Schueco modules that will provide the 46 apartments in the village with free electrical power throughout the year.
At the request of the architects, the array of 106 x 170Wp Schueco PV modules and 3 inverters (which convert the DC current generated from sunlight into AC current) was designed as a free-standing, ground-mounted system by Middlesex-based KN Renewable Energy Ltd, a member of the Schueco partner network.
Schueco PV modules were specified because of their proven quality and their efficiency in use. Their integral glass/tedlar laminate ensures maximum operational life by providing effective, long-term protection against the weather.
The whole system, including structural design and framework, lightning protection and specialist relay protection, was installed and commissioned by KN Renewable Energy in just two weeks.
Already fully operational, the system is expected to generate approximately 16,000kW hours of electricity per annum, which will mean a major reduction in electricity bills for the owners of apartments at Mayford Grange, one of eleven sites run by Retirement Villages Ltd for people aged 55 and over.