Moving Out of the Shade And Into Solar
When electrical engineer Allan Davis wanted to install solar panels on his house and garage roofs, Enphase Energy provided the best solution.
Shadows Over Solar
Mr. Allan Davis, an electrical engineer living in Leeds, UK, recognised that installing solar panels on his house would be an excellent way to take control of his energy bills, whilst doing his bit for the planet. Incentivised by the financial benefits of installing solar, Mr. Davis was keen to achieve a 4kW system to reduce his electricity consumption and maximise returns from the incentive scheme. However, his house and garage had limited roof space, a problem compounded by shading issues.
The Only Viable Solution
Having assessed Mr. Davis’ house and garage, The Phoenix Works, a UK installer of energy saving technology, concluded that each separate building would accommodate eight modules. Enphase Energy presented the best solution, negating difficult, and potentially dangerous, long Direct Current (DC) cable runs and reducing the shading affect from the chimney.
If not for employing the Enphase System, this installation would have required two distinct string inverters since it would not be practical (or particularly safe) to run DC from the garage back to the house. In addition, as with most real-world situations, there is some shading from the adjacent chimney. Mr. Davis had obtained a handful of quotations before approaching The Phoenix Works, and no other installer had suggested an optimised solution, nor had they noted that the shade would have a significant effect.
The Phoenix Works installed two distinct systems on each roof, both cabled back to a single generation meter at the supply origin. Given his profession, Mr. Davis fully appreciated the merits of the Enphase System when he was presented with the solution. He was also able to install ducting from the garage to the house, thereby reducing the cost of installation. Mr. Davis achieved his objectives and now realises great power production despite the challenging circumstances. The Phoenix Works have had extremely positive feedback as a result. Mr. Davis provided a glowing report and has recommended both the installer and Enphase to colleagues and friends.
The Phoenix Works was the first UK installation partner for Enphase Energy and have been involved with them since they first entered the UK market. They now install the Enphase System almost exclusively.