Hill Partnerships - Loves Farm

Photon Energy installed 615 Wp solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on 97 dwellings at the Loves Farm development in St Neots. The properties were completed by Hill Partnerships for Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association.

Details of the installation

Photon Energy installed three-panel PV systems on each of the ninety seven houses in the development and ten-panel systems on each of the four blocks of flats. The development was designed to meet Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the PV systems were an essential part of meeting the requirement.

The systems were mounted using an on-roof mounting system which fits between the roof tiles and attaches to the rafters. With varying designs and styles of the properties across the site different types of attachment had to be used to ensure that the PV system could be installed without affecting the integrity of the roofs.

The systems on the houses are expected to generate 540 kWh each year and the systems on the flats around 1,700kWh. Each system was registered separately with Gemserv so that the individual tenants and home owners can claim the feed-in tariff.

Jenny King, Senior Engineer at Photon Energy and Loves Farm Project Manager said:

“Running a project with this number of installations over multiple sites with a long installation period has presented interesting challenges. The design of each system was relatively straightforward but we had to work hard to manage a rolling programme in conjunction with our client’s overall development schedule and the other trades working on the sites.”

Equipment summary

  • Houses system sizes: 97 x 615 Wp
  • Flats system sizes: 4 x 2050 Wp
  • PV modules: Schuco MPE 205 PS05
  • Inverters: Mastervolt and SMA
  • Mounting system: Schuco on-roof