A grid-tied solar plant was designed and constructed for Joubert en Seuns. The solar system generates renewable power by harnessing solar energy from the sun and converting it to usable AC power. A grid-tied system is one that remains connected to the electrical grid.
Such a system generates power for the property and it feeds any excess power it generates back into the grid.
The warehouse roof had sections of clear roof sheeting that needed to be left unobstructed to allow light to pass through. Hence the use of small groups of panels between the clear sections. The farmstall section was specifically tilted in order to maximise visibility of the panels from the busy Schoemanskloof road.
The solar PV system consists of a 266kWp roof-mounted solar farm, made up of two separate project elements. 807 x 330Wp Canadian Solar panels make up the total system. 768 panels were mounted in a large flat section on the warehouse roof. 39 Panels were mounted on the farmstall roof for visibility, which also still contributes to the overall renewable energy share.
This system is a 266kWp grid-tied system. The energy produced by the PV system is “injected” into the client electricity network at three different points. This is significantly unique for a system of this size.