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Case Studies

Domestic Solar PV Panels for Homes have become an                                              increasingly attractive option for homeowners.

Here are a few case studies that showcase the use of Solar PV Panels for heating:

The effectiveness of solar PV panels for heating depends on factors such as the location, climate, building insulation, and energy demand. In many cases, combining solar PV panels with energy-efficient building practices and storage solutions can maximize the benefits of using solar energy for heating. Additionally, advancements in energy storage technology, smart energy management systems, and heat pump efficiency can further enhance the viability of solar PV-based heating solutions.

  1. Residential Solar Heating System: In a residential setting, a family in Northern Europe installed a solar PV array on their roof and used the generated electricity to power an electric heat pump. The heat pump efficiently converted the electricity into heat, providing space heating during colder months and reducing their reliance on traditional fossil fuels. This case demonstrated how solar PV panels can contribute to space heating while also benefiting from net metering programs to sell excess electricity back to the grid.
  2. Off-Grid Cabin Heating: In a remote location where grid electricity was not available, a cabin owner installed a solar PV system along with a battery storage system. The generated electricity was used to power an electric heater, which provided comfortable indoor temperatures during cold seasons. This case illustrates the feasibility of using solar PV panels for off-grid heating applications.
  3. Greenhouse Heating: A commercial greenhouse operation implemented a solar PV system on their greenhouse structure. The electricity generated was used to power electric heaters and fans within the greenhouse. This approach helped maintain optimal growing conditions for plants and extended the growing season by providing consistent heating, even in colder months.
  4. Solar-Integrated Heat Pump: In a university research project, a solar-integrated heat pump system was developed. Solar PV panels were combined with a heat pump unit that could use both electricity from the grid and electricity generated by the solar panels. This hybrid system provided efficient heating and cooling for a building, with the solar component offsetting a significant portion of the electricity consumption.
  5. Net-Zero Energy Home: In a net-zero energy home design, solar PV panels were used not only to generate electricity for household needs but also to power a ground-source heat pump for space heating. The combination of energy-efficient building design, solar PV panels, and a heat pump allowed the homeowners to achieve a net-zero energy balance over the course of a year.
Solar PV for Farms

Ground Mount System - Solar PV Panels 

Kilkenny

In a solar panel system, the ground typically consists of a grounding electrode, such as a ground rod or a grounding plate, that is connected to the electrical system's grounding conductor. The grounding conductor is a copper wire that runs from the solar panels to the ground electrode.

The purpose of grounding in a solar panel system is to provide a path for electrical current to flow into the ground in the event of a fault or surge, effectively redirecting the dangerous current away from the system and preventing damage or harm. It helps to stabilize the system's electrical potential and reduces the risk of electric shock or fire.

In this project we install Heat Pump.

Hilltown Rosslare, Co.Wexford

Proper grounding is essential for safety and compliance with electrical codes and regulations. It is typically installed by licensed electricians or solar panel installers who are knowledgeable about local electrical codes and requirements.

It's important to note that while grounding is a crucial safety measure, it does not directly affect the performance or efficiency of the solar panels. The primary function of grounding is to ensure safety and protect against electrical hazards.

Roof Mount System - Solar PV Panels 

Kilmeadean, Co.Waterford

A roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system is a type of solar energy system where solar panels are installed on the roof of a building. These panels capture sunlight and convert it into electricity using photovoltaic cells, which can then be used to power the building's electrical systems or be fed back into the grid.

Hilltown Rosslare, Co.Wexford

Roofs often provide an unobstructed and sun-facing surface, allowing solar panels to receive maximum sunlight throughout the day.

This exposure maximizes the solar panels' electricity generation potential.Solar panels on the roof are a popular choice for residential and commercial solar installations. Mounting solar panels on the roof offers several advantages, including optimal sun exposure, space efficiency, and ease of installation.

Tomcoyle Lower, Co. Wiclow

Roofs often provide an unobstructed and sun-facing surface, allowing solar panels to receive maximum sunlight throughout the day.

This exposure maximizes the solar panels' electricity generation potential.Solar panels on the roof are a popular choice for residential and commercial solar installations. Mounting solar panels on the roof offers several advantages, including optimal sun exposure, space efficiency, and ease of installation.

Flat Roof Mounted System - Solar PV Panels

Hilltown Rosslare, Co.Wexford

Solar panels can be installed on flat roofs, although the installation process and considerations may differ slightly compared to pitched roofs.

Flat roofs typically require solar panels to be tilted at an angle to optimize sun exposure and maximize energy production. The tilt angle is determined based on the latitude of your location and the desired energy output. South-facing orientation is generally recommended in the northern hemisphere to capture the most sunlight.

Projects - Solar PV Panels

Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence

150kWp Solar PV System, August 2021.

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Budweiser 100 Pubs Project

In 2021, the question of sustainability lives in the back of our mind in nearly every aspect of our daily life. With reports on global climate change reinforcing the need for everyone to work toward more a sustainable future, it's essential that we all do our part.
Budweiser is helping on this journey by partnering with 100 bars all over Ireland to install solar panels on their premises; meaning pub goers can enjoy an ice cold pint of Budweiser that is powered by 100% renewable electricity.
House 2 Home https://house2home.ie are organising this roll out across the country and have contracted Hercuglas to install the systems. Starting in October 2021 we are connecting 5 pubs a week.

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5 STEPS TO INSTALLING HERCUGLAS RENEWABLES SYSTEM

1. Site Assessment and Design:

  • We will visit the location to assess the site's suitability for solar panel installation. Factors such as sun exposure, shading, roof condition, and available space will be evaluated.
  • We will design the solar panel system based on the site assessment, energy consumption, and specific requirements. This includes determining the number and placement of solar panels, inverter capacity, and electrical wiring configuration.

2. Obtaining Permits and Approvals:

Before installation, permits and approvals may be required from local authorities, homeowner associations, or utility companies. The installer will handle the necessary paperwork and ensure compliance with local regulations and building codes.

3. Installation

  • The solar panels and associated mounting hardware will be installed on the roof or ground, following the design specifications.
  • Wiring will be run from the panels to the inverter, which is typically installed near the electrical service panel.
  • Proper grounding and electrical connections will be made to ensure safety and code compliance.

4. Electrical and System Integration

  • The inverter, which converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into AC electricity used in homes or businesses, will be connected to the electrical service panel.
  • A net meter, if required by the utility, may be installed to measure the electricity produced and fed back into the grid.
  • The system will undergo thorough electrical testing to ensure proper functionality and compliance with electrical standards.

5. Inspection and Activation

A final inspection will be conducted by the local building department or relevant authority to verify that the installation meets safety and code requirements.
Once the system passes inspection, it can be activated and connected to the electrical grid.
The installer may provide instructions on monitoring the system's performance and may assist with any necessary paperwork for interconnection agreements or net metering.

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