A TARPORLEY company is switched on to solar in a big way.
Cheshire’s solar PV specialist, The Green Electrician, has installed the UK’s largest solar panel at the Ecotech Centre in Swaffham, Norfolk.
The innovative ground-mounted system tracks the movement of the sun. The system of 44 individual solar panels covers 56m² and sits in front of a 100m high wind turbine in the Ecotech grounds. Unlike fixed solar PV systems that have to wait for the sun, this system is automatically guided so that it can absorb optimum solar radiation, resulting in 30% more efficiency. It also adjusts its path depending on the time of the year.
The 7.92kWp system will generate an estimated 7,500kWh of electricity per year.
Installation director, Paul Taylor said: “This is a ground breaking project for the UK, where the solar industry is still very new. Ecotech will benefit from the electricity as well as the Government’s new feed-in tariff which pays a premium for every unit of electricity that is generated.”