Modern Building Services

Renewable energy powers research into climate-change

Published:  06 September, 2012

SunGift Solar, solar PV, renewable energy

SunGift Solar has completed the installation of the Met Offices 250 kW solar PV array ahead of schedule. This 1000-module array on the roof of the energy centre is already generating about 1 MWh of electricity a day — enough to meet the demand of one of its three super-computers. The project took six weeks to complete, with the Canadian Solar modules taking about five days. The overall project was delivered one and a half weeks ahead of schedule.

‘The Met Office is the home of very powerful supercomputers,’ says SunGift Solar’s business-development manager Gareth Walton. ‘These remarkable machines are used to carry out research into climate change, so there’s enormous satisfaction in knowing it is now being powered by renewable energy that we have installed. It’s also rewarding to have completed such a complex job ahead of schedule, with no major issues.

‘In the past 12 months, we’ve increasingly been commissioned to carry out larger commercial projects.’

The installation also includes 16 inverters from Sputnik Engineering and over 5.5 km of cable.

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