iGen Energy has finished the first phase of its 96kW rooftop solar installation on a production facility in Buxton, UK. The project will be the first in the country to feature Q-Cells’ Q.SMART thin-film modules and is being built for cleaning chemicals manufacturer Selden Research.
Total investment in the project came to £280,000 and the 74,791kWh of electricity generated each year will help power 25% of the Derbyshire site’s production lines. The 873-panel array is being installed on a flat roof pitch of just six degrees and will span a total area of 1,500m².
iGen managing director Peter Hewart said, “As experienced commercial installers we know its vitally important to choose the right modules at design stage and our simulations show us that the Q-Cells Q.SMART product will provide a much greater return on investment for our client than traditional crystalline panels and this is always our first priority.
“Added to the fact that the frameless modules provide less stress on the building structure and a reduced wind loading, we have been very impressed with the quality and ease of installation of the Q-Cells modules.”
“As a company whose products ensure everyone can live and work in a clean environment, our use of clean energy to help make them is a natural step,” added Mark Woodhead, Selden’s sales director.