Essex Waste MBT

Photon Energy installed at 306 kWp PV system on the Essex Waste MBT facility in Basildon working alongside Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

Details of the installation

The PV system consists of 1225 x Upsolar 250P polycrystalline PV modules. The PV modules are connected to 8 x ABB TRIO inverters that have been mounted at roof level to minimise the DC cable run. The modules have been mounted on the steel trapezoidal roof of biohall 3 using the K2 Speed Rail mounting system. The system has been designed to deliver approximately 10% of the electricity requirement for the MBT facility.

UBB Essex is a consortium of Spanish company, Urbaser, who run more than 200 waste management facilities worldwide and Balfour Beatty, a UK based world-class infrastructure services business. Balfour Beatty (UBB Essex) was awarded the contract to build the treatment facility and process waste for a partnership comprising Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.  Photon Energy won the tender for installing the solar PV system that was required in order to in meet the energy efficiency conditions in the planning consent.

The system has been designed to deliver approximately ten per cent of the electricity requirement for an MBT facility and the associated visitor and education centre.

Tim Davies, Senior QS of BBESL, said, “Photon management worked well with a difficult programme which had a delayed start and delayed completion due to the lateness of preceding building trades. They coped well with mitigating costs by aborting works where necessary and returning at a later stage in the project to complete their works.” He added “The end products were of an excellent quality and the build was completed to a very high standard.”

Equipment summary

  • System size: 306 kWp
  • PV modules: Upsolar 250W
  • Inverters: ABB TRIO27.6 X 8
  • Mounting system: K2 Speed Rail