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Engensa Residential Rooftop Bournemouth

Europe Residential

  • Location:Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • Date onstream:2011-09
  • System Capacity:2.9 kWp

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Toby Ferenzi

Engensa has a long-standing relationship with Solar Frontier and we had been waiting for their MCS accreditation to be granted as we believe Solar Frontier is the clear leader in the next generation of thin film technology. As a forward thinking company, Engensa is keen to embrace any new technologies that we believe to be worthwhile.

Site Overview

Coordinates 50.77° N, 1.73° W
Average Global Irradiance 1,066 kWh/m²/yr
Average Temperature 11.1 °C, 51.98 °F
Average Precipitation 592.6 mm/yr, 23.33 in/yr

Technical Overview

Panel Type SF145-L (145 W)
Number of panels installed 20
Panel angle and Orientation 30°, 132° south
Output 2,383 kWh/yr
CO2 reduction 1,329 kg/yr, 2,930 lbs/yr
Inverter SMA 3000 HF

Engensa Residential Rooftop

Traditional English cottage with Solar Frontier modules mounted on a slate roof.


Founded in 2009, Engensa is the UK’s fastest growing provider of residential solar systems. The company was set up by a team of solar advocates with the goal to make harnessing the sun's energy as easy simple and pleasurable as possible. The aim of Engensa is to offer full service to customers, including: planning, installing and maintenance of solar modules combined with excellent customer service. Bournemouth (Dorset county) is a 160,000 inhabitant town close to Poole Bay in the south of England. Bournemouth is famous for its climate as it is the warmest, driest and sunniest part of south England.

The solar system was designed for a 100 year old traditional English cottage with a slate roof and was installed over two days at the beginning of September. The homeowner wanted to benefit from the UK Government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme and contracted Engensa to install the 20 Solar Frontier CIS thin-film modules with a total capacity of 2.9 kWp. The Solar Frontier modules were selected for this system design in particular because of their aesthetic uniform black appearance. The homeowners will also profit from better performance from the Solar Frontier CIS thin-film modules compared to crystalline modules due to their efficiency in low light conditions which are typical in cloudy British weather, even in Bournemouth.

This rooftop installation is expected to generate 2,383 kWh/yr to provide the houseowners with solar energy and also reduce CO2 emission by 1,329 kg per year. Solar Frontier CIS thin-film modules are well suited for coastal installations because they are certified against salt mist corrosion by TÜV Rheinland in Cologne. Salt mist corrosion appears in coastal regions with high humidity and salt water, affecting the surface and the frame of solar modules.

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