Glasgow green consultancy launches new ‘glint ‘n glare’ assessment tool for solar

Neo solar power glint and glare solutionA Glasgow- based environmental consultancy has developed an in-house program for assessing glint and glare effects from solar panels.

Neo Environmental is the only Scottish company to have such capabilities and has experienced strong demand for this service form Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

Set up just three and a half years ago by directors Paul Neary and Michael McGhee, Neo Environmental is also one of only a handful of companies with such capabilities in the UK.

Led by McGhee, the program was developed by in-house staff and is used for assessing impacts on residences, airfields and also on transport routes. The assessments are generally being requested for ground mounted solar projects, but are equally as effective when considering impacts from roof mounted projects.

The newly developed model tracks the location of the sun as it passes through the sky for every minute of a typical year. Using 3-D reflection vector calculations we can anticipate the exact times and impacts of solar reflections on a variety of different receptor types.

McGhee said: “Although solar panels are designed to absorb as much light as possible and not to reflect it, glint can be produced as a direct reflection of the sun from the surface of the solar PV panel, and can be described as a momentary flash.

“Glare is significantly less intense in comparison to glint and can be described as a continuous source of bright light, relative to diffused light. This is not a direct reflection of the sun, but a reflection of the bright sky around the sun. Glint and glare may be an issue due to visual impact, viewer distraction or for aviation.

The assessment has been specifically developed for the UK and Irish markets, however the model can be used to assess glint and glare effects worldwide.”

Neo Environmental has its head office in Glasgow, but has expanded considerably since its establishment in 2012, with regional offices now in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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