Bishop of Rochester Academy

Photon Energy designed a 65 kWp PV system on the roof of the new Bishop of Rochester Academy in Chatham, Kent. The client was BAM Services Engineering.

Details of the installation

The PV System is installed as a single array on the roof of this two storey building. The LDK PV modules were attached to a ballasted aluminium mounting frame to avoid the need for roof penetrations. To fit the modules into the available space they had to be mounted in a single row and a double row at different pitch angles. This solution maximised the energy capture in a situation where there were challenging requirements for retaining safe maintenance access while avoiding locating modules in shaded areas of the roof.

The modules are connected to a bank of SolarMax inverters in a plant room local to the array, and from there to one of the schools satellite distribution boards.

Simon Fulfit of BAM said, “It was a pleasure to work with Photon Energy at the Bishop of Rochester Academy.  As a unique subcontract element, it was satisfying to know that Photon Energy, helped develop, design and supply a complete system to the client’s requirements and consultant’s specification”.

The PV system generates around 51,000 kWh of electricity and saves 27 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Equipment summary

  • System Size: 65 kWp
  • PV modules: LDK240P20
  • Inverters: 4 x SolarMax MT
  • Mounting System: K2