Case study 2 February 2020

Solar panel installation

The challenge

With an expanding estate, this higher education provider had identified the need to make significant savings in their utility consumption. They had chosen solar power generation as a preferred option and wished to work with a project partner who could deliver the programme within budget and with the minimum disruption to the people on site.


The project was agreed for the design and installation of solar photo voltaic systems to two of the client’s main accommodation blocks.

As the Main Contractor, Mitie and were responsible for all aspects of the programme as a turnkey solution from design to scaffolding, installation and commissioning.

Our team managed the installation of 850 Trina Solar 270W Monocrystalline photovoltaic panels.

The output

of the panels was also improved using Solar Edge optimisation and inverters which constantly track the maximum power point of each module individually.

The system is constantly monitored, and each optimiser can be viewed on a web interface. The locations of the panels are graphically shown with real time output available, allowing for proactive operation and maintenance.

Ventilation was also installed to the roof inverter rooms to stop the build-up of heat in the space.


From concept to completion, the project was delivered with the minimum disruption, and within programme and budget. Furthermore, the 230kWp photo voltaic installation made a significant contribution to the client’s power requirements.

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