Vogt Solar, Trina team on 11.7 MW UK project


Vogt Solar, the Cambridge-based U.K. subsidiary of Germany’s IB Vogt, has completed an 11.7 MW ground-mounted PV installation near the city of Canterbury in southeast England.

Trina Solar supplied more than 46,000 modules for the project, located at the Knowlton Court estate.

The installation was completed in time to qualify for 1.6 Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) before the government’s April 1 reduction of the available Renewable Obligation support rate for ground-mounted projects to 1.4 ROCs per megawatt hour.

The Knowlton Court array was the latest in a series of Vogt Solar projects to use modules from Trina Solar modules following installations completed in 2013 at West Farm in Pembrokeshire and Old Rides in Kent.

"Our experience of working with Trina Solar on large-scale projects has been hugely positive," said Carl von Braun, managing director and chief financial officer at Berlin-based IB Vogt. "The high efficiency and excellent performance of the modules in all conditions enables us to achieve greater installed capacity and design projects in ways that are sensitive to their surroundings."

The modules used are a combination of Trina Solar’s TSM-PC05A 250W and 255W models, with a combined generation capacity of 11.7MWp. They offer 15% efficiency and excellent performance in low light conditions and are also able to withstand snow and wind loads of up to 5,400 Pa and 2,400 Pa, respectively.

Ben Hill, Trina’s head of Europe, added: "With a number of potentially disruptive changes to market conditions in recent months, particularly the [European Union’s] anti-dumping undertaking and new waste processing compliance requirement for the PV industry, it is all the more important for manufacturers to demonstrate to provide high-quality products and services.

Hill added that Trina modules were now fully compliant with the recycling and disposal regulations of the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

The Knowlton Court project is one of six projects with a combined capacity of 80 MWp that IB Vogt and Vogt Solar commissioned in Britain the first quarter of the year.

The company also has a 400 MWp U.K. project pipeline including 84 MWp already consented. Since 2011, IB Vogt and Vogt Solar have constructed and financed 16 solar farms in the United Kingdom with a capacity of over 130 MWp.