Recently, we were delighted to install a new solar PV system in Co. Waterford as part of upgrading the house to becoming nearly self-sufficient. As part of this system, we installed a 4.96kWp solar Photovoltaic system. This included 16 x 310W Monocrystalline modules (Bisol Premium Range). This system was installed alongside an Alpha Smile 5 Inverter and 11.4kWh Battery Storage system.
The solar PV system was installed on a shaped, cut, slate roof using our Bisol solar PV mounting system. When installing a mounting system on a roof, it is extremely important to have the ability to set the PV panels in a variety of configurations/ layout options to ensure the best possible use of space on the roof. This allows us to maximise the performance of our customer’s solar PV installation.
On this project, we used a 5kWp Alpha Inverter. The solar PV inverter plays a crucial role as part of the solar PV system. They are often known as the brains of the system. It inverts the direct current (DC) output into alternating current (AC). This means that it turns the daylight into consumable electricity for your home throughout the day.
Our customer requested us to add in a changeover switch as part of the PV solar installation. This allows them to disconnect from the grid during power outages and run the house exclusively from the power generated from the PV solar panel system and/or the battery storage system. This gives our customer peace of mind knowing that they can run their house as normal during power outages. Based on the geographical location of this installation, the orientation and pitch of the roof this system is expected to generate 4650kWh/annum. The average electrical usage of a house in Ireland is between 4750kWh and 5500kWh per annum.