As we prepared our application for the 2019 CEC Solar Design and Installation Awards last week, we took a look back at one of our past wins.
Leeson Solar designed and installed a 7.14kW PV Solar System on the curved corrugated roof of the guardhouse at one of Melbourne’s busiest ports. Using a custom flexible mounting system with adhesive and mechanical fixings and flexible solar modules. The curved corrugated roof created many barriers which were overcome in the solar design and installation process.
The design brief for this project was to design and install a flexible photovoltaic system that follows the curve of the roof. The system needed to be light weight, flexible and installed to the Port of Melbourne’s high standard of occupation health and safety. The project also had to be installed in a port shutdown period creating short timeframes for site works.
Whilst there a several manufactures of flexible solar modules currently on the market we selected a high quality product manufactured in California. The quality of the solar module and high efficiency meant we could increase the system peak wattage by 40% and also give better warranties for the adhesion to our mounting system.
The mounting system required the most research and engineering for the project. We had to select products to fix to a curved steel corrugated roof and determine fixing methods that would meet the high wind rating of the site.
Leeson Solar won the 2015 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Award for a System under 15kW for this innovative project.
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