Nominated by Solar Power Portal
Solarlex was nominated for the Solar PV installation completed at Ash Green Community Primary School. This is a large village school for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 in Mixenden, in the county of West Yorkshire, England, an area of local authority built housing. But Ash Green is more than a place for education, it’s a social hub, serving the community and supporting families.
State-funded Ash Green faced funding cuts and rising operational expenses. They decided to go green because simply tightening the budget did not leave enough for the school’s educational programs and activities. Installing solar would not only reduce the power bill, but also protect them from rising electric prices.
The school engaged Halifax-based installer Solarlex. Brett Reynolds, Sales Manager at Solarlex, recommended Enphase Microinverters primarily for their reliability and industry-leading warranty.
“We were drawn to the 20-year warranty provided by Enphase. This means peace of mind for the school for 20 years”, says Andy O’Shea, Site Manager, Ash Green Community Primary School. “There’s no comparison with the standard five years offered by most string inverter companies.”
Additionally, Enphase offered increased individual panel performance to make the most of the sunshine in an area with an abundance of clouds and rain, remote diagnostic and production monitoring capabilities and better student protection.
“Concerns of safety, from a design and installation perspective as well as long-term power production, usually poses serious issues when it comes to bringing solar power onto schools’ campuses due to the strict health and safety policies” declares Christian Marsden, Managing Director at Solarlex. “With the Enphase System, safety is increased, while fire risk is reduced, thanks to an all AC-system with no high-voltage DC wiring and components.”
In July 2013 Solarlex installed a rooftop 10.2 kW PV system with 255W panels. It performed so well, a second, larger 29.58 kW system was added, installed in just four days in February 2014.
Ash Green’s two PV systems are predicted to generate a total 32,856 kWh annually, providing over 80% of its energy needs. Since the school gets government’s Feed-In-Tariff, they can sell excess power back to the grid, and, as both systems are under 30kW, their energy company pays them back 50 percent on their total generated amount, even if they use more.
The systems will cut energy bills for 20 years or more, and reduce the school’s carbon emissions. They save 0.517kg of CO2 per PV kWh, totaling more than 365 tons over the next 20 years. Thanks to solar, Ash Green is not only a caring environment, but also caring for the environment.
Due to the outstanding work, both Solarlex and Enphase were 1 of 3 companies nominated for the Solar Power Portal award for ‘Public Space Installation’. They didn’t win but were extremely proud to be nominated.