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Bentley Case Study


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Bentley Case Study

  1. 1. Follow us on: 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 project. 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. Case Study: 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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