Scotland’s sole solar PV manufacturer in line for top UK award

The Lochside House solar development
The Lochside House solar development

A Moray-based solar manufacturing company is in the running for a national award for its installation on an energy efficient new-build on the west coast of Scotland.

AES Solar has been shortlisted in the Residential Solar PV Project category in the Solar Power Portal Awards.

The project is particularly significant because it is an off-grid solar PV/thermal system.

George Goudsmit, managing director of the independent firm, said: “This latest nomination illustrates the forward thinking of AES Solar with regard to harnessing the use of solar in challenging circumstances.

“This was a fascinating development to work on and we are delighted that the intricacies of the installation are recognised.

“The project shows that even in Scotland, a well designed and installed solar system will play a  key role particularly when installed with other forms of renewables.”

Josh King
Josh King

Josh King, operations manager with AES Solar, added: “This project is a fine example of how a residential installation can be adapted to suit specific environmental conditions and requirements, and meet a detailed customer specification.

“Access was a challenge and there is no nearby connection to the National Grid, so the solar PV system that we worked on has been designed to be completely self-sufficient in the summer months. Battery power and diesel generation provide backup when required.

“The panels we installed have twice the power output compared to conventional PV panels, so the configuration required careful consideration and bespoke design. We had to design a way to safely feed the panels into the battery without impacting on performance.

“Overall, this project is a superb example of AES Solar’s ability to work closely with other contractors on projects which have custom requirements. We could never achieved this without the co-operation architect Haysom Ward Miller and solar panel manufacturer, Viridian Solar.”

AES Solar has been involved in a number of landmark projects such as the first ever domestic Solar PV/Thermal roof installation in the UK in 1995, and more recently has carried out work on a project on the Royal Estate at Balmoral.

The company trades worldwide and has export customers in markets in Scandinavia, Africa and South America.

21 July 2017

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