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Harnessing the Sun's Power: Our Impressive Solar PV Installation at a Recycling Plant


Introduction:


Renewable energy is revolutionizing the way we power our world, and JLEC Electrical Ltd. is at the forefront of this transformation. Recently, they undertook a remarkable project at a recycling plant on the outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire. This installation involved a substantial 500kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system, comprising 916 state-of-the-art 545W panels, an extensive roof mounting kit, and an impressive 10 kilometers of DC cabling. Let's delve into the challenges faced by the installation team, their commitment to health and safety, and the innovative solutions implemented to ensure a successful project.




Enduring Nature's Fury and Embracing Radiant Skies:

The JLEC team installing the solar panels
The JLEC team installing the solar panels

The installation team at JLEC Electrical Ltd. encountered a wide range of weather conditions during the project, from inclement storms to glorious sunshine. They braved torrential rain, gusty winds, and even occasional hailstorms. However, they persevered, driven by their dedication to harnessing renewable energy. To combat the sun's rays during sunny days, the team diligently applied sunscreen to protect themselves from excessive exposure.



Prioritizing Health and Safety:

JLEC Electrical Ltd. recognizes the paramount importance of health and safety in all their projects. Aware of

Testing the strings

the potential risks associated with working at height, the team took extra precautions to ensure the safety of their workers. One notable safety measure implemented was the installation of skylight coverings, which prevented any accidental falls or injuries. Additionally, before commencing the project, JLEC Electrical Ltd. installed a RoofAngel fall arrest system, providing an extra layer of protection for the installation team.



Integration and Remote Monitoring:


In addition to the impressive solar PV system installation, JLEC Electrical Ltd. integrated an older, smaller PV system into the overall setup. By seamlessly combining the new and existi


ng systems, they maximized the plant's solar energy production potential. Moreover, JLEC Electrical Ltd. installed new metering on the Rayleigh Connect platform, enabling convenient remote monitoring of both solar PV systems. This cloud-based metering platform provided real-time data on energy generation, allowing for efficient management and maintenance of the systems.


Empowering the Client and Tenants:

Going beyond the solar PV installation, JLEC Electrical Ltd. integrated the client's existing meters into the cloud-based metering platform. This integration allowed the client to accurately measure the energy usage of their tenants. By assigning appropriate charges for energy consumption, the client could promote sustainable practices while ensuring fairness and accountability in energy billing.


Completion and Future Sustainability:

After months of dedicated work, the project was successfully completed in June 2023. The recycling plant now boasts a robust solar PV system capable of generating 500kWp of clean energy, significantly reducing its carbon footprint. JLEC Electrical Ltd.'s commitment to renewable energy has not only contributed to the client's sustainability goals but has also transformed the plant into a beacon of environmental responsibility.




Conclusion:

JLEC Electrical Ltd.'s solar PV installation at the recycling plant near Leeds stands as a testament to their expertise, dedication to safety, and commitment to sustainability. Enduring challenging weather conditions and ensuring the well-being of their team, they overcame obstacles with unwavering determination. By integrating multiple systems and providing remote monitoring capabilities, JLEC Electrical Ltd. empowered their client to manage energy consumption efficiently. With this remarkable project, JLEC Electrical Ltd. has reinforced their position as a leader in renewable energy solutions, helping create a greener and more sustainable future.





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