Claremorris & Western District Energy Co-Op

An Innovation and Development Community Enterprise focused on the development and commercialisation of Community Led Renewable Energy Technologies.

The sun's energy can be harnessed for many purposes. One of these is to generate Electricity. By using solar panels (a solar collector) sunlight is directly converted into Electrical Energy!

What are Solar Panels?

  1. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems react to light by transforming part of it into electricity. Such technology is recognised as a clean, safe, sustainable and renewable source of energy. A typical solar PV array is arranged into a series of row which are mounted upon frames.

    A solar PV panel comprises a series of cells. Within each cell silicone creates a voltage when photons (particles of light energy) hit the cell. In turn this creates an electrical current. This current is then harnessed and directed to an inverter which converts and transfers the power from DC (Direct Current to AC (Alternating Current). 

What Technology is Used?

The characteristics of particular solar PV module/ panel will vary between manufacturers in terms of appearance and dimensions. The type of panel used by the operator of this development will be decided at the detailed design/ construction phase of the development. Below is a typical solar PV module indicating typical dimensions. The dimensions indicated will be subject to change depending on the type of solar panels used.

How are Solar Panels Mounted?

Each solar panel will be placed onto a pre-erected support structure/ frame. The support structure comprises a galvanised steel frame. The frames are arranged into a series of rows which are proposed to be between 3m and 6m apart. The separation distance between the rows of panels will depend on site contours. The rows are arranged in an east west alignment across the site and are positioned to face south in order to maximise solar irradiance. The frames position the panels at an angle of between 20 to 30 degrees.