Cork City Council in Partnership with Northside Community Enterprise (NCE) has secured funding for the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Ballyvolane Firestation.
The grant fund of 40% was provided by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).The aim of the system is to reduce the running costs, protect against energy price increases and reduce the Firestation’s carbon footprint. The flat roof of the building has been identified as highly suitable for a PV system. A 10.92 kWp system was designed and the cost was calculated for the project. It is estimated that the PV system would produce 9,691 kWh/year. The estimated payback of the system is 7 years and the return on investment is 17%. The system consists of 42 individual 260 Wp Conergy Modules connected to an SMA three phase inverter and mounted on a German manufactured mounting system specifically designed for flat roofs. The total PV module area is 69 m2.
The installation also includes an online monitoring solution which allows the PV plant to be monitored remotely from anywhere with an internet connection via PC, mobile phone or smart device. The system was installed by solar company – Solar Electric based in Killanne, Co. Wexford.