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Bentley Motors 5MWp
In December 2012 Lynx Energy was appointed installation and
management contractor by Solarcentury to install over 20,000 solar
panels at the Bentley Motors factory in Crewe, on behalf of
Lightsource Renewable Energy, developers and operators of the
The installation was to be on 120 separate roofs, had to be producing
electricity by March 25 2013 and all the while the factory was to
remain fully operational with 4,500 staff
working day in, day out.
The significant technical challenges were considerably heightened by the arctic
winter suffered in the UK 2012-2013 with temperatures well below average and
with higher than average snow and rain.
Work ramped up dramatically after the Christmas break with a team of up to 50
installers working long days, weekends and late into the evenings in order to
meet the strict deadline.
On March 19 the final panel was laid in place and work quickly commenced
achieving the ten separate G59 applications to gain acceptance to export any
surplus electricity to the national grid.
All 10 G59 submissions were passed first
time and each of the 213 individual inverters were energised.
20,810 panels started generating power, meeting one of the tightest
deadlines on one of the most technically challenging projects
Lynx Energy has ever undertaken.
Bentley Motors now benefits from around 40% of its annual
electricity consumption from solar power and saving around 2,560
tonnes of carbon emissions. The installation is now operated and
maintained by Lightsource Renewable Energy.
A number of technical innovations were employed by Lynx Energy such as the
commissioning of ruggedized foam blocks made to measure to the valley angles
precisely to provide a easily demountable and transferrable platform from which
to work efficiently and safely.
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