New Southern Energy designed and a built a solar system made up of 1 536 x 330 Wp Canadian solar panels and 15 x 27.6k Solar Edge String Inverters. A phased approach was proposed, where the first phase completed was the 506.88kWp rooftop system with diesel generator integration and soft load transfer operation.
The panels are mounted on the roof of the packing warehouse, and the string inverters were installed inside the building within an identified space on site. The solar modules face N32°W and N55°E, with the same slope as the roof at 15°.
This solar system is also grid-tied, meaning that it is connected to the national electricity grid.
The system’s performance is monitored and controlled through a master controller, which can also communicate with the inverters. A Solar Edge plant controller enables the PV system to synchronize with the diesel generator, reducing the fuel consumption during load shedding and power outages.
All of the data is logged and saved in cloud-based storage. The monitoring and controlling system also includes a weather station which measures the solar radiation and module temperature. Furthermore, the performance can be monitored in real time via a smart phone app.