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Solar energy project starts at farm

A farm owner has started work on the UK’s largest privately-owned solar PV installation, which will stretch across an area of building rooftops the equivalent of 10 tennis courts.

An installation team from Southern Solar will work on the 300kW project in rural Herefordshire which will have a power output that would be the equivalent of powering 76 typical UK homes. This will account for 55% of the energy required for the farm.

With a build length scheduled to last six weeks, the installation team will have 25 members on site at the height of the work. A total of 1,610 Sharp panels will cover an area of just over 2,000 sq m.

A total of 10km of cable weighing almost four tonnes will be used in the project. Five Fronius CL 48 central inverters using the trademarked Mix system, where the individual power racks are turned off and on automatically depending on the insolation power, will convert it to exportable electricity suitable for the National Grid.

Lighting, machines and heating and ventilation systems will all benefit from the electricity generated and any unused power will be sold back to the National Grid.

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