Commercial rooftop Darlington

Site Overview
Location Darlington, UK
Coordinates 54.51° N, 1.54° W
Average global irradiance 1,100 kWh/m2
Average temperature 8.8 °C, 47.84º F
Average precipitation 660 mm/yr, 25.98 in/yr
Technical Overview
Date onstream February 2014
System capacity 142.1 kWp
Panel type 170-S (SF170 W)
Number of installed panels 836
Tilt angle, orientation 15°
Expected output 156,000 kWh/yr
Total CO2reduction 81,500 kg/yr
Inverter Schneider contact 20,000 and 10,000
Financing Bank

Life Long Energy is a medium sized business based in Nottingham, UK. With its 150 years of experience in renewable energy and construction, the company is a well-established and reputed player in the sector.

With its capacity of 142.1 kWp, this impressive Solar Frontier installation represents the largest on roof thin film installation in the United Kingdom. The solar system was installed at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, which is home to the Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Football Club and comprises a total of 866 PowerModules, which are based on the CIS technology. On site, the modules are exposed to partial shade due to the steels of the cantilever roof. This will, however, only slightly limit the output of the installation as Solar Frontier CIS modules are knowingly producing unrestrictedly energy although under partial shade. For the installation of Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Football Club, thus, an annual output of 156,000 kWh was calculated.

Accordingly, the new Solar Frontier facility helps the club to reduce the cost of operating their new and considerably larger stadium. Thanks to the PowerModules of Solar Frontier, the club can now cover the resulting higher energy requirement with solar energy. The responsible project managers are enthused about Solar Frontier’s PowerModules: in a direct comparison with the polychristalline modules which were also installed on the roof, the Solar Frontier modules showed higher yields which can be attributed, amongst others, to the excellent low light behaviour of the PowerModules.