Residential Rooftop Ranst

Site Overview
Location Ranst, Belgium
Coordinates 51.18° N, 4.62° E
Average global irradiance 1,030 kWh/m2/yr
Average temperature 10.5 °C, 50.9 °F
Average precipitation 800 mm/yr, 31.5 in/yr
Technical Overview
Date onstream March 2012
System capacity 8.7 kWp
Panel type SF145-L (145 W)
Number of installed panels 60
Tilt angle, orientation 30°, 45° SW
Expected output 8,100 kWh/yr
Total CO2-reduction 4,900 kg/yr, 10,802 lbs/yr
Inverter SMA STP8000TL
Financing Bank
Belfius Bank

Ikaros Solar, headquartered in Schoten, is one of Belgium’s top companies operating in the photovoltaic market. Founded in 2006, Ikaros has evolved into an international company with offices in Belgium (Schoten and Gembloux), Great Britain (Wales) and Portugal (Lisbon). The current portfolio of Ikaros Solar consist of over 85 MW of installed PV capacity including small residential and large scale commercial installations.

This roof-integrated solar installation of 60 Solar Frontier CIS thinfilm modules was connected to the grid on a private rooftop in Ranst, Belgium in March 2012. Oriented south-west, the total installed capacity of 8.7 kWp is expected to produce 8,100 kWh and offset CO2 emission by approximately five tons per year.

In the case of this private rooftop installation, aesthetics also played a significant role. Solar Frontier modules were installed over the entire surface instead of conventional roof tiles, achieving an in-roof, architecturally superior appearance. In new buildings, in-roof solar solutions are relatively easy to implement and during restorations with slight marginal additional overhead. The black design of the modules additionally enhances the roof and leads to a harmonious integration into the environment. At the private house in Ranst it is impressively shown that design and module efficiency combine perfectly.