This morning I popped over to see how the PV install was going in (yes I mean into the landscape) at Bodnant Garden. Gareth from Zero Carbon renewables was there with the lads ‘sculpting’ the install of the ground mountings. Following the curve and flow of the slope in the overflow car park at Bodnant. The ballast bins were being dug into the slope. the array will be split into three (SE, S and South West) to gain maximum energy from the shape of the field. This is one of the first I have seen which is trying to integrate into the landscape rather than dominate the landscape. The finished product will be interesting. In few weeks time all this solar will be flowing through the cable (ok I know the physics means no flow but its the idea!) down to Bodnant Garden. The system as has been explained before has been sized to meet the property needs and not to export.
This is also our first foray with Panasonic HIT panels. (285w panels) One of the most efficient PV panels on the market. 18.5% efficiency and with a panel conversion of 22%. plus an extra shading zone in the panel (4 instead of 3) and so we should see slower fall off from shading. As ever with trying new stuff out, time will tell and then we will tell! ps they look cool but that may be me being sad!