Krannich Solar & IDDEA deliver 1.3MW PV system

Sympathetically designed system in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

IDDEA, Wiltshire-based solar PV and biomass installer, has completed a 1.3MWp ground-mounted solar PV installation using modules and inverters supplied by the UK branch of leading international PV distributor Krannich Solar.


The system, which qualifies for stand-alone system rates, has a generation capacity in excess of 1,350,000 kWh; energy that will be exported directly to the grid and will contribute significantly to the electricity requirements of the Hopton Industrial Estate on which it is located. The seven acre PV system is owned by Hopton PV Ltd and has made use of land which was otherwise undevelopable.


Ian Dunstone, Sales Director at IDDEA, describes the unique design requirements of the system: “The land at Hopton Industrial Estate was ideal for a solar installation such as this because, due to various covenants being in place and also restrictions resulting from the land’s previous use, it was not possible to develop the land in any other way or use it for agriculture. The fact that the land is visible from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was, however, a major consideration during the planning and design process, so we are proud to have successfully designed a system which is highly sympathetic to the surrounding land’s AONB status.”


The system, which offers a pay-back period of just eight years and an annual CO2 emissions avoidance of 1,200 tonnes, utilises 5,200 Axitec AXIpower AC250P modules that were supplied by Krannich Solar. “Axitec modules were ideal for this installation”, explains Ian, “due to their excellent warranty and the confidence which dealing with a German brand offers. We have a great track history of installing Axitec panels so it was a natural choice for us.


“We have been working with Krannich Solar for a long time now and, as always, their involvement in this project has been highly professional and reliable. The whole team is very customer-focused and this is reflected in everything from their excellent communications approach to their flexible attitude to logistics.”


Phil Ellery, Commercial Director at Krannich Solar UK, adds: “We have a long and successful track record of working with IDDEA and are delighted to have been involved in this exciting project. The system makes excellent but sympathetic use of land which was otherwise unusable and offers both fantastic energy generation and carbon emission savings. This type of project enables us to offer our full range of services and support – everything from market-leading products to the expert sales, technical, system design and logistics support that enables our customers to efficiently and confidently complete installations such as this.”