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Renewable Energy Feed in Tariffs are:

Tax free income, index linked and guaranteed for 25 years

Benefits of

PV Systems

• Lifespan over 25


• Minimal maintenance

• No moving parts

• Free electricity

• Works on daylight

not just sunlight

• Easily connected to

the Grid


Solar Energy Systems – a brief overview

The Solar energy market can appear to be a very confusing place, but in

truth for the end user it is not that complex. It is ultimately about the

benefits it can deliver to the energy consumer and the environment.

In essence a solar energy system is about harnessing the sun’s immense

natural power and converting it to either electricity using silicon cells or

thermal energy for direct heating. You will no doubt have seen solar

panels on rooftops locally, these are of two distinct type’s.

1. Solar Thermal which simply heats water

2. Solar Photovoltaic “PV” generates electrical power that can used to run

appliances and also fed back into the National Grid Network

Grid Connect provide Solar PV Installation kits, using market leading BP

Solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and connect to the Grid,

via top quality approved inverters and accessories. This ensures the best

long term offering and enables users to gain both maximum energy and

cost benefits.

The UK Government have committed to decreasing our dependence on

fossil and nuclear fuels and have legislated a Feed in Tariff “FIT”, sometimes

called energy cashbacks, that became effective on April 1st 2010. This

obliges energy companies to pay a premium price to the energy

generator (Microgenerators) for all energy produced by a solar system,

whether it is used at the property or exported back to the Grid.

Strict government guidelines cover the materials and installations that

qualify for the FIT, so both products and contractors must be approved

under the new Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

So there is no better time to invest in both our own and the

environment’s future !

Why a PV solar system installation is a good choice of renewable energy for any


• Feed in Tariffs (energy cashback) paid for the energy generated.

• The electricity generated is used to power appliances and any surplus exported to the Grid.

• Typically in the UK 850 kilowatt hours (kWh) of power can be generated annually from every kW of PV panels


• Not only will there be a reduction in energy bills but PV will also minimise the impact of rising energy costs over

the coming years.

• PV systems have no moving parts, are noiseless and require little maintenance.

• Grid Connect PV kits comprise of established branded components with a proven track record, so you can be sure

of the warranties offered.

• Investment in a highly reliable system with a typical lifetime of 25-30 years.

• An energy saving solar installation adds value to a property and makes it more efficient.

• The kits fit seamlessly into the existing grid connection.

• Generating solar energy reduces dependency on the commercial electricity providers.

• Payback is typically less than 10 years at current electricity costs.

• A typical 2.8 KWp system will save over 1 tonne of CO2 per year.

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How the System Works

You can download an iPhone/iPad App to quickly find out how much

solar energy a system could provide. Depending on location,

inclination and orientation. (search Solar Checker from App Store)

How Solar PV Works

Optimum performance

achieved when mounted

on a 30˚ angle

facing south





Solar PV Array


DC/AC Inverter

(mains supply required)

AC Isolation



site survey


Consumer Unit

DC Isolation Switch

AC Isolation


Total Generation Meter

AC Power

Electricity Meter



Mains Supply

Factors to Consider

Requires DC to AC power conversion

System include panels and suitable inverters

Inverter efficiency needs to be considered


Solar Radiation

This diagram shows the total average radiation falling on a 1M 2 surface,

and an angle of 30˚ to the horizontal measured at kilowatt-hours.


South facing for optimum performance

More sensitive to orientation than solar thermal

• Roof pitch affects annual performance - optimum

performance at 30-40˚

• Self cleaning normally possible >15˚

Roof pitch angle

Regular Cleaning required to maintain efficiency


Get it right first time

for the end user

and leave no stone

unturned, download





Why Solar Power Electricity?

For every kW of solar panels installed you will save 358kg of

carbon emissions per year.


• Homeowners

• House builders

• Businesses

• Local Authorities

• Government

• Organisations

• Schools

These can all help

reduce the UK’s

dependence on fossil



• Everyone would like to cut their electricity bills and reduce

their carbon footprint!

• Everyone would like to find out what they cost and how easy

they are to install!

By choosing to have a solar powered electricity generating

system installed, your customers can cut their electricity

bills because the Feed In Tariff will pay up to 41.3p for every

kWp generated. And there’s more too because they won't

have to pay their energy supplier for the energy that they

have generated and consumed, and in fact if they “export”

any surplus back to the grid, they will be paid a minimum

of 3p per premium by the supplier.

Like us, if they are also concerned about the environment,

then they can make this investment with the added

knowledge that for every kWp of solar panels installed, they

will save 358kg of carbon emissions per year.

Our suppliers and manufacturing partners have been

established in renewable energy since 1979 and have been

a BP Solar Distributor for 20 years. This longstanding

relationship and experience in the industry puts us in a unique position to offer the best in renewable energy


For homes and businesses we are providing a range of Grid Connect PV Energiser kits, incorporating BP solar

panels, because we believe these are the best long term offering and will enable users to gain both maximum

energy and cost benefits. The standard kits start at a power rating of 375W and ranges, up to 3.85kW and include

everything you, as a qualified installer, need to complete a professional finish at any property. We can also offer

bespoke ‘kits’ for larger projects which you, after training and joining an MCS body, will be qualified to design.

A partnership that will be good for you and your business because it enables you to:

• Grow your sales

• Grow your profits

• Broaden your offering

We truly believe it is a win, win (situation for all parties Grid Connect

and local specialist installers), and by using our unique PV Energiser

Kits we can make it really easy for you to plug into this

emerging marketplace.

• Expand your customer base

• Increase the skills of your workforce

• Increase investment in your business

Feed in Tariffs

Any electricity exported generates further income and additional

savings arise from direct use of the electricity generated.

Too good to be true

The Government has launched a new financial incentive programme to get more homeowners and businesses to generate power

from renewable energy, to help meet our national obligations to cut carbon emissions.

The Feed in Tariff for PV was launched on 1st April 2010 as part of the Clean Energy Cash Back scheme. This tariff provides PV

microgenerators with a guaranteed income per kWh generated for 25 years – even if they use the electricity they generate. The rate

varies depending on the size of installation and will be highest for early adopters. (Value for new sign-ups reduces over time.) It’s

also worth noting the tariff is linked to inflation.

The approach is best illustrated by example. The following figure is an example of electricity flows around a typical

microgeneration installation. A 3kWp PV system is capable of producing 2,500kWh per annum of electricity. If this is retrofitted to

an existing building this year, the Generation Tariff will be 41.3p per kWh. This would trigger an annual payment of £1032.50 from

the electricity supplier to the property owner (2,500kWh X 41.3p = £1032.50)



sales pack

Feed in Tariff levels for Grid Connected PV Installations

Commencing after April 1st 2010

Size of Installation Tariff Level for new installations in period

(p/kWh) [NB tariff will be inflated annually]

Year 1: Year2: Year3:

1.04.10- 1.04.11- 1.04.12-

31.03.11 31.03.12 31.03.13

≤4 kWp (new build) 36.1 36.1 33.0

≤4 kWp (retrofit) 41.3 41.3 37.8

>4-10kWp 36.1 36.1 33.0

Standalone system 29.3 29.3 26.8

>10-100kW 31.4 31.4 28.7

>100kW-5MW 29.3 29.3 26.8

Reduced VAT on PV Installations

All Renewable systems installed by an MCS accredited

installer qualify for a reduced rate of VAT at 5%.

If the Installer is VAT Registered the scheme works as


• The installer purchases the equipment with normal VAT

• The installer recovers the VAT in the normal way

• The installer charges the customer 5% on the supply

and installation of the system

• The installer pays 5% VAT to H.M. Customs and Excise

• The net cost to the Installer is nil


How the scheme works

There are three ways in which customers will be able to benefit if they have an eligible technology:

Generation tariff:

A fixed payment from their electricity supplier for every unit of energy or kilowatt hour (kWh) generated (the 'generation

tariff') for a period of 20 years (except for solar PV which would be for 25 years).

Export tariff:

If they do not use the electricity on-site it will be exported to the grid. They will get a guaranteed minimum payment

(3p/kWh) additional to the generation tariff for every kWh exported to the grid (the 'export tariff').

On-site use of electricity:

They will also benefit from on-site use of the electricity they generate: where they use the electricity on-site they will be

able to offset this against electricity they would otherwise have had to buy.

They can use the electricity they

generate meaning they don’t

have to import from the grid

Electricity is

created by solar

panels. Their

electricity supplier

pays them for each

unit of electricity

they generate

They export

electricity back to the

grid when they don’t

use it and they are

paid an export tariff

They import electricity from the grid

when they need additional power

Renewable Training Courses

A registered Part P electrical contractor should expect to invest up to 2

months and over £2000 to become an MCS approved installer, in

addition to the outlay for installation of an initial kit for assessment.

In order for your customers to receive the Feed in Tariffs that make PV such an attractive investment, you need to be registered on

the Microgeneration Certification Scheme or ‘MCS’. (See next page for full details.)

Part of the requirements of the MCS is that “All personnel employed by, or sub-contracted to the contractor must be able to demonstrate

that they are trained and competent in the disciplines and skills, appropriate to the activities required for their role, in accordance with this

standard” (MIS:3002, PV Installation Standard)

Becoming trained and fully competent at installing and commissioning PV systems might sound daunting. But the reality is that as

an electrician you have most of skills you need already to do the job; you just need to “top-up” your knowledge and understanding

of the PV-specific elements.

That’s why Senate have teamed up with EcoSkies, the UK’s most experienced PV trainers, to help you develop the skills you and your

whole team need to participate in this market. You also get free lifetime support on PV via phone & email when you complete

your course.

Training courses can be booked through your local branch and charged to your trading account


Solar PV (for Electricians) - GCT2PVE 3 Days

This is the fundamental course for you, covering

everything PV that the budding MCS approved installer

needs, including:

• AC & DC electrical theory & practical for PV

• Solar resource assessment (inc. SAP calcs.)

• G83/1 Grid connection requirements

• Basic roofing structures & integrity issues

• Mechanical installation of roof fixings

• Hands-on PV panel mounting

• Setting to work/commissioning

• Paperwork and test forms; and financial incentives

(FITs, loans), payback+ more

Work at Height course – GCT3WH 1Day

If you haven’t got a Work at Height training record already,

MCS Standards state you must have it. Besides, from an

insurance and health & safety point of view it makes sense

to ensure your team understand best practice when

working in this environment. The course includes:

• Good advice from the Work at Height Regulations.

• Access methods, scaffolds, ladders, roofing ladders.

• Controlling height related hazards.

• Fitting of a full body harness.

• Work restraint and fall arrest methods.

• Hauling techniques and equipment.

Solar PV (for Roofers) - GCT4PVR 2 Days

Thinking of splitting the workload with a roofer? Need

knowledge of more advanced PV roofing techniques?

Then this is the course for you.

Course includes:

• The solar resource

• Overview of different module/panel types

• System configurations

• Basic solar PV design

• Basic electrical safety at work

• In-roof, on-roof and flat roof mounting systems

• Roof integrity issues (e.g. rain penetration) and lots of

practical sessions.

Solar PV Sales Training – GCT5PVT 1 Day

Having someone dedicated to generating your PV business

is probably a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’. If you want them

trained quickly, correctly and cost-effectively so they can

get on with the job, this is the perfect course. Course


• Intro to PV & other solar technology.

• PV system components and basic AC&DC theory.

• SAP calculations, the MCS, FITs and 0% loans.

• Calculating payback and return on investment.

• Selling the key features & benefits of PV.

• Sourcing leads & effective routes to market.

• Sales in the context of a turnkey solution and closing

the sale: PV vs the alternatives.

Renewable Energy Awareness GCT1RA 2 Days

The ideal course for all of your other key non-installation

staff. Moving into a new industry sector can be confusing

for staff. This BPEC certification CPD will give them a good

understanding of different renewable energy technologies.

Modules include: PV, solar thermal, micro-hydro, wind

turbines, biomass & heat pumps.

Advanced Training Course GCT6APVT

1 Day

Larger installations

For the theory behind installations up

to 100KWp, Grid Connect have a G59

advanced course designed to act as a

supplement to training and experience

of smaller scale systems.

Microgeneration Certification Scheme

How to Join the Microgeneration

Certification Scheme

Becoming a trained and certified PV installer

will put you and your business in a highly

sought after group. Don’t forget, it doesn’t

matter who your customer base is

(domestic, commercial, public sector or

housing associations etc.), they can all

benefit from the financial returns offered by

Feed in Tariffs once you are an MCS

Approved Solar PV installer.

As well as the competencies of staff doing

the work (see previous page), the installation

firm must have an appropriate management

system for controlling quoting, purchasing,

invoicing, complaints management, quality

checking and record keeping.

To help you through the paperwork and

succeed in your assessment, Senate have

devised the Grid Connect MCS Plan. It’s the

quickest and easiest way to make sure that

you are fully prepared for your MCS

assessment. First, you need to do 2 things:

• Complete the training courses you need.

• Use your new skills to install a PV system -

a small 525kWp kit will do - for a customer

or your own home etc. in line with the

Building Regulations. Once you’re MCS

Approved, you can certify this job for Feed In

Tariffs (See page 10 for kit options)

Your 6 Step guide to getting into the PV Market

1. Check you have all of your existing electrical qualifications

to carry out basic electrical work.

2. Book a 3 day Solar PV for Electricians course (& Work at

Height if you need it) through your local Senate branch.

3. Speak to your Senate branch representative about

arranging your Grid Connect MCS Plan.

4. Install your first PV Energiser Kit ready for your MCS


5. Complete your MCS quality manual (included with your

Grid Connect MCS Plan)

6. Pass you MCS Assessment and start installing.


Grid Connect MCS Plan – GCT9MCS

What’s included:

• ‘Pre-assessment day’ at EcoSkies’ centre in Chesterfield (on a set day each month)

• Checklist of all the documents and information you to bring to the pre-assessment

• Assistance in compiling your MCS manual in the format required for the assessment

• Your MCS assessment with NAPIT for Solar PV (installation assessment & office visit)

• 1st year’s MCS membership with NAPIT

• 1st year’s Gemserv fee (for global listing on

What else you’ll need to arrange:

• Membership to the REAL Assurance Scheme, joining fees vary (e.g. £190 for up to 6 employees, but £1970 for 51 – 250 employees.

See for details)

• Installation certificates (£5 per technology per installation)

• Check your business insurance policy to ensure it is fit for purpose

The Small Print

If you wish to join the MCS with another certification body, but you wish to still attend the pre-assessment day only, this can be arranged for £400. The

Grid Connect MCS Plan does not guarantee MCS Approval, nor does it cover the cost of additional assessments if the contractor has non-conformities

that require the NAPIT Assessor to revisit (£200 fee for half day or £340 for full day additional visit). That said, most minor corrective actions do not

require a further visit and can be resolved remotely at no additional fee. Once all items have been resolved, approval can be granted and your

customers will be able to access Feed in Tariffs. Assessment - Approval is achieved by undergoing an office assessment and an on-site assessment

(covering each technology type) ensuring that each of the above elements is met in compliance with the published standards (which are all available

on Surveillance - Once an installation company is approved they will be required to continue following the

rules of the scheme and will enter a surveillance programme appropriate to the scope of their approval which will monitor the ongoing compliance of

work. Certification and Listing - Approved companies will be issued with a certificate of approval detailing which technologies they can install and

must also be listed on the scheme website (cost included within the £850).

Tools and PPE and Handling Solutions

Tools Recommended

Set of allen keys

Impact driver

Hexagon headed green finished Tek Screws

SDS drill & bits

Electrical cutters


13mm ratchet spanner


AC/DC clamp meter


Spirit level


Multi-contact tool kit

Brother labelling machine


PPE and Handling Solutions

Industrial Climbers Helmet:

Secure chin strap and unique adjustment system provides a sure fit. Can be

used with ear defenders, visor and micro head torch (essential as is a high vis

jacket or vest)

Full Body Harness, Lanyards and Slings

For protection when climbing

Rope Grab Kit:

Provides a Work Restraint facility that can be adjusted to retain the worker

within safe areas on a gantry or roof. (Not to be used for Fall Arrest) The Rope

Grab kit comes in different rope sizes up to 30M and can be used to lift loads

up to a maximum of 100Kg.

Pulley Kit:

Used to redirect the haul rope via an overhead scaffold structure to ease

manual handling and manage heavy loads.

Panel and Frame Bag

Haul fragile solar panels (1.7 x

0.85M) safely to height using

innovative lifting points, tag line

features and side straps pulls the

load away from the structure and

prevents spinning.

Use handles on rigid mouth design to carry

panels easily across site.

Unique side buckle system enables bag to open

out flat to aid loading by one person.

Tool Bag

Clips to waist or directly to tool belt. Long bag with drawstring secures both fixings

and long tools. Fix to roof ladder as a handy tool station. (330H x 180Dmm)

Inverter Bag

Large bag capable of carrying a heavy inverter up the stairs and through the loft

hatch (600H x 440W x 240Dmm)

Kit Bag

Innovative rain-proof top keeps clothing and tools dry in wet weather. Versatile

handle and shoulder straps make this a great all-rounder. (500H x 270W x 190Dmm)

Triple Loop Lanyard

Double Lanyard

PV Solar Panel Roof Kits

Solar PV output is measured in KWp = Kilowatt Peak

This is the peak power output achieved by a manufacturer under standard test conditions

In practice this will be reduced depending on position, location and time of day

A range of kits are available but each kit

includes products approved under the UK’s

Microgeneration Certification Scheme:

BP Solar Panels – these are a high quality monocrystalline photovoltaic

solar panel that convert sunlight directly to electrical energy. BP Solar

panels are guaranteed to deliver their nominal rated power by up to

5% more and no less than 3%. High transmission anti-reflective coated

glass (ARC) is used in their construction which has been proven to

deliver up to 4% greater annual yield. A datasheet for the solar panel

type used in the Grid Connect kit is available on our website.


Grid Connect Inverter – the inverter supplied in your Grid Connect PV

Energiser Kit has been selected to operate within the permitted range

of all the components of the system and in particular to suit the power

rating of the BP Solar photovoltaic array. These are designed to

optimally convert the electricity from DC to 230V AC and typical

efficiencies achieved are 90-95% ensuring your energy yield is


Electrical Pack – all the electrical components needed for the MCS

approved installer to safely connect the solar panels through to the

electricity consumer unit including a kWh (kilo Watt hour) meter to

measure the energy generated.


Mounting Structure – this can be a sloping or flat roof type mounting

frame to suit your installation. Grid Connect kits are supplied with high

quality aluminium mounting structures designed for secure long term

installation with specific roof fixings either slate, plain tile or concrete

tiles and are provided to suit. We prepare and supply as standard the

mounting kits to enable a flexible choice of layout for the roof and our

pre-cut profiles are designed to carry the BP panels ensuring a faster

and more cost effective installation on site.

Solar PV Kits




All PV systems

installed by an MCS

accredited installer

qualify for a reduced

rate of VAT at 5% for

the End User

For homes and businesses we are providing a range of PV Energiser kits incorporating BP Solar panels because we believe these are

the best long term offering and will enable users to gain both maximum energy and cost benefits. The standard kits start at a

power rating of 375W and ranges up to 3.85kW and include everything a qualified installer needs to complete a professional finish

on a property.

Grid connect PV Energiser kits are also suitable for schools, clinics and other public buildings but where larger installations are

required Grid Connect can offer kits to your design.

What is the Grid Connect PV Energiser Kit?

Put simply it’s solar energy in a box!

It’s a complete solar PV system designed to meet all the MCS requirements, and is ready to be fitted by an approved installer at any

property. Here at Grid Connect we have selected, manufactured, assembled and quality controlled all the necessary components

that you the installer needs to ensure a system will qualify for the Feed-in Tariff which commenced on April 1st 2010.

Part PV Number Surface Electrical Rooftops How

No. Array of Area Configuration Configurations we

Peak PV approx possible deliver

Power solar square using it to

Rating panels metres standard kits you




1 pallet


3 3.76


1 row of 3

+ 1 pack





Single 1 row of 6 or 1 pallet


6 7.52

string 2 rows of 3 + 1 pack


Single 1 row of 7 or 1 pallet


7 8.78

string 2 rows of 3+4 + 2 packs





1 row of 8 or

8 10.03 string/ 2 rows of 4 or

3 String 4 rows of 2

1 pallet

+ 2 packs



1 row of 10 or 1 pallet


10 12.54 2 Strings

2 rows of 5 + 2 packs



12 15.04




1 row of 12 or

2 rows of 6 or

4 rows of 3

1 pallet

+ 2 packs




1 row of 16 or

16 20.06 2 Strings 2 rows of 8 or

4 rows of 4

2 pallets

+ 4 packs




1 row of 20 or

20 25.07 2 Strings 2 rows of 10 or

4 rows of 5

2 pallets

+ 4 packs



1 row of 22 or 2 pallets


22 27.57 2 Strings

2 rows of 11 + 4 packs

Above are a sample of standard kits available

What about larger systems?

On completion of the Grid Connect "Installers Project & Order Form"

we will supply a quotation for the relevant kit required.

Systems under 4kW fall under G83 regulations.

For systems over that capacity G59 regulations should be used.

Download the Installers Project & Order Form at

Solar Panel Layout Configurations

The Grid Connect PV Home Energiser can be fitted to almost any roof,

simply request fixings to suit slate, concrete or rosemary tiles and we

will supply appropriate brackets. Flat roof fixings are available too.

525W (3 Module Kit)

Nominal Array Size:

2475 x 1587mm

(based on o/a rail length supplied &

25mm between rows

1050W (6 Module Kit)

1225W (7 Module Kit)

Nominal Array Size:

2475 x 3200mm

Nominal Array Size:

3350 x 3200mm



Nominal Array Size:

4950 x 1587mm

Nominal Array Size:

5825 x 1587mm


Project and

Order Form

1.4kW (8 Module Kit)

Nominal Array Size:

3350 x 3200mm


Nominal Array Size:

6700 x 1587mm

1.75kW (10 Module Kit)


2.8kW (16 Module Kit)

Nominal Array Size:

4150 x 3200mm

(10 Module kit)

Nominal Array Size:

6625 x 3200mm

(16 Module kit)


Nominal Array Size:

8300 x 1587mm

(10 Module kit)

Nominal Array Size:

13250 x 1587mm

(16 Module kit)


2.1kW (12 Module Kit)

Nominal Array Size:

9900 x 1587mm

Nominal Array Size:

4950 x 3200mm



Nominal Array Size:

2475 x 6423mm

With so many

variables on a roof

mounted PV

Installation download

and complete a simple

sheet for any sized


3.5kW (20 Module Kit)


Nominal Array Size:

8300 x 3200mm

Nominal Array Size:

4150 x 6423mm

3.85kW (22 Module Kit)

Nominal Array Size:

17950 x 1587mm


Nominal Array Size:

8220 x 3200mm

Kit Contents

AC current alternates between positive and negative poles and

should repel you in the event of accidental contact.

DC current is only on the positive pole and will not repel you in

the event of accidental contact."


Project and

Order Form

Roof Mounts

As an MCS qualified PV installer you will undertake site visits to assess a number of aspects individual to the property where you are

proposing to install a PV system. A key feature is the roof type and here below we help you to identify the different types most

commonly found. An illustration of the type of anchor that will be supplied in the kit is shown.


Plain Tile Slate Pressed Metal

Pantile Adjustable Flat Roof Corrugated Metal

6m Frame Supports


Essential to get the

installation right first

time with correct

roof layout and tile

type, length of solar

cables required,

site address and

contact details

download from

Switch Disconnectors

These enable separation from and within the PV system for safety when

carrying out an installation, upgrades or during planned maintenance.


Cable and Connectors

For Isolation of the Solar Array, a

single two pole padlockable DC

Isolator is included in the kit,

IP66/67 Grey/Black Interlocked

with lid, to prevent opening in

the "on" position. This is

mounted between the Array

and the inverter, preferably as

close to the array as possible.

In the kit you will receive solar cable with special Multi-

Contact (MC3/MC4) connectors pre-fitted to make

installation safer, simpler and faster. As standard these solar

cables are 10M long to extend from the rooftop PV array

through to the inverter board. If longer lengths are needed

please inform us on the Installers project and order form at

the time of ordering. In some cases longer cables will be of

higher wire size gauge and a supplementary cost will apply.


For local isolation of the inverter

2 three pole padlockable

isolators are included in the kit,

IP66/67 Grey/Red and Yellow

interlocked with lid, to prevent

opening in the "on" position.

One would usually be mounted

near to the consumer unit and

another close to the inverter.

Sealing the Cable Inlet

In your Grid Connect kit we’ll include a lead flashing with grommet to ensure you have all you need to make a good quality

waterproof connection through the roof. Your training will show you how this is done.


G83 accredited inverters must be used for approved

grid connection in the UK so that FITs can be claimed

Grid Connect Inverters

The inverter supplied in your Grid Connect PV Energiser Kit has been selected to operate within the permitted range of all the

components of the system and in particular to suit the power rating of the BP Solar photovoltaic array. These are designed to

optimally convert the electricity from DC to 230V AC and typical efficiencies achieved are 90-95% ensuring your energy yield is

maximised. Rugged and high-tech these are built to last and typically carry a 5 year warranty.

Steca Inverters

The StecaGrid inverters are included primarily in kits up to

2kW and are “mini-string” inverters. This makes them highly

versatile in use and in particular applications where multiple

facets of a roof have PV panels installed on them, because

although they are plugged together they each operate

independently. This means that if one roof is shaded whilst

others are not, the performance of those unshaded panels

will be maintained rather than the whole array

shutdown. Stecagrids work very

efficiently with the BP4175T type

solar panel and are available in 2

models to take 2 or 3 PV panels.

These Stecagrids do not have a

transformer and therefore have a

low operating temperature.

Sunny Boy Inverters

There’s a wide range of Sunny Boy inverters available

starting at the SB1200 model for 6 panel systems. Further

models include a 1750W, 2500W, 3000W, 3300W & 3800W

nominal ratings all suitable for systems



Photovoltaic Module

Panels must be MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme)

approved so that the Feed In Tariffs can be claimed.

BP Solar has been manufacturing solar wafers, cells and modules for more than 35 years. This experience shows that the best way to

optimize module life and electrical energy production is to attend to every detail in the design and manufacture of our products, our

process controls and testing methods. BP Solar’s latest generation of 72 cell, Monocrystalline T Series solar modules offers the

following benefits:

Electrical characteristics

(1) STC 1000W/m 2

Maximum power (Pmax)


Voltage at Pmax (Vmpp) 35.8V

Current at Pmax (Impp) 5.03A

Short circuit current (Isc) 5.58A

Open circuit voltage (Voc) 43.6V

Module efficiency 14.4%

Tolerance -3/+5%

Nominal voltage


Efficiency reduction at 200W/m 2


Peace of mind comes naturally


When an energiser kit is installed in a home or business it has to be installed by

a professionally qualified installer certified under the Microgeneration

Certification Scheme. The installer has to notify the electricity provider to make

them aware electricity is being generated and some electricity will be exported

to the grid. A clear wiring scheme needs to be attached to the system for future


Roof mounted solar panels have no moving parts and problems rarely arise but

the warranty gives information about what to do in any event. The Grid

Connect Inverter should be inspected annually and isolators are provided to

enable the system to be safely shut down. As a specialist installer you will be

able to deal with any system issues should they arise but don’t forget that the

Grid Connect PV Energiser Kits comprise some of the best materials available in

the market place, eg BP Solar have sold many hundreds of thousands of solar

panels worldwide.


BP Solar panels carry an industry leading manufacturer's guarantee of solar cell

performance of 93% of rated power after 12 years and 85% after 25 years

backed up by a 5 year product warranty. They have an expected life of around

30 years. Inverters carry a 5 year warranty.

Our Promise to the MCS Installer

From time to time, according to availability of components, we may substitute one or more items in the kit for another of

equal quality but always with our undertaking that it falls within the requirements of the MCS so you can continue to give

your customers consistent quality and access to the Feed In Tariffs.

BP Solar outstanding features

Positive measured power, more energy production

All modules are factory tested and classified such that measured power is greater than nominal to

take into account the LID effect. This means extra kWh produced in the field.

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Long lasting, innovative frame design

The aluminim frame has a rounded profile for better handling comfort and is optimized for use

with anti-theft bolts to increase security. It can withstand heavy snow loads (5400Pa - 540kg/m 2 )

even in end mounting.

Increased energy production

High transmission ARC glass and enhanced design push the laminate to the front, maximizing the

energy production and reducing dirt accumulation and soiling losses.

Improved reliability with effective cooling

IntegraBus technology ensures reliable cable management while positioning the bypass diodes and

junction box away from the cells ensuring cooler operation and greater energy production.

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