A thing of beauty is being built in National Trust Bodnant. PV can be architectural!

following the landscape. working with the grain of the land rather on it . the ballast bins are mostly in place. the Panasonic panels will be installed next week

Following the landscape. Working with the grain of the land rather than against it. The ballast bins are mostly in place. The Panasonic panels will be installed next week. They will be bridging each of the bins to cover the joins (no grass growth and also flow better around the curves)

This morning I popped over to see how the PV install was going in (yes I mean into the landscape) at Bodnant Garden. Gareth from Zero Carbon renewables was there with the lads ‘sculpting’ the install of the ground mountings. Following the curve and flow of the slope in the overflow car park at Bodnant. The ballast bins were being dug into the slope. the array will be split into three (SE, S and South West) to gain maximum energy from the shape of the field. This is one of the first I have seen which is trying to integrate into the landscape rather than dominate the landscape. The finished product will be interesting. In few weeks time all this solar will be flowing through the cable (ok I know the physics means no flow but its the idea!) down to Bodnant Garden. The system as has been explained before has been sized to meet the property needs and not to export.

This is also our first foray with Panasonic HIT panels. (285w panels) One of the most efficient PV panels on the market. 18.5% efficiency and with a panel conversion of 22%. plus an extra shading zone in the panel (4 instead of 3) and so we should see slower fall off from shading. As ever with trying new stuff out, time will tell and then we will tell! ps they look cool but that may be me being sad!

the modern treasure trove! 185 panels waiting to be installed next week

A modern treasure trove! 185 PV panels waiting to be installed next week

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4 Responses to A thing of beauty is being built in National Trust Bodnant. PV can be architectural!

  1. Huw says:

    I’m not sure whether it’s been a consideration, but will there be any opportunity for the data collected from this PV array to be available to the public (in real-time)?

  2. Owen Smith says:

    I’ve certainly not come across an install like that before, looking forward to some pics of the finished thing. How does the cost and install time compare to piled frames?

    • Keith Jones says:

      Cost is cheaper but that’s more to do with the slope and bedrock. Piled frames would not have worked without a serious amount of engineering. The slope angle and also curve would have resulted in a strange looking array. All the best

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