Elgin Energy introduces new solar technology to Ireland
September 3, 2020
BIFACIAL MODULE TEST SITE INSTALLED IN KILKENNY
Elgin Energy is delighted to unveil the first solar installation with bifacial modules (double-sided solar panels) in the Republic of Ireland. The new solar technology has been installed as a test site on a dairy farm in Skeoughvosteen, Co. Kilkenny. Bifacial modules produce electricity from both sides of the panel by harnessing energy from sunlight on the front of the panel and the reflected rays from the surface below, in this case grass.
The bifacial test site was delivered by Elgin Energy in partnership with world leading panel manufacturer, LONGi, and global inverter manufacturer, SolarEdge.The modules and associated equipment were installed by Irish renewable company Enerpower. Each panel will be monitored individually using SolarEdge’s optimizers and monitoring software. The research project will examine the production profile of bifacial panels in Ireland and conduct a direct comparison of energy output from monofacial (one-sided) and bifacial panels. Based on research carried out in other markets, bifacial panels have been reported to provide an uplift of 5-10% in comparison to monofacial panels.
Speaking about the innovative test site, Ronan Kilduff, Managing Director at Elgin Energy said: “We are very excited to launch this local research project in collaboration with LONGi and SolarEdge. This test site is the first of its kind in Ireland and will provide data that will help to inform the Irish solar industry and our development across Ireland and the UK.”
Recently substantial progress has been made in the Irish solar industry with the first auction of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) being successfully completed in July. Provisional results show that 63 solar projects / 800 megawatts (MW) were successful, included in that were two of Elgin Energy’s projects. Installation of RESS solar projects are estimated to begin from Q4 2021 onwards.