Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has announced completion of the largest rooftop solar panel system in Northern Europe.
The system sits atop the headquarters of insurance company Topdanmark in Ballerup, near Copenhagen in Denmark. Completed last week, the system features 3,042 REC Peak Energy Series solar panels and has an annual production capacity of 752,000 kWh – enough to meet the needs of almost 200 households.
600 tonnes of electricity generation related carbon emissions will be avoided through the system each year.
“REC was selected as module supplier because of the high quality and the excellent power output of their modules,” said Bjarne Rasmussen; spokesperson for the Danish company that constructed the system, DrivhusEffekten ApS.
Like Australian businesses, Denmark’s business sector endures very high electricity prices, making payback time on commercial solar power systems rapid.
REC’s products aren’t just used in commercial solar installations in Australia – they have rapidly gained popularity here in home solar installations after Energy Matters introduced the panels to the local residential market in 2010.
Ongoing field testing of dozens of solar module brands operating under real world conditions carried out by Photon Magazine during 2011 found REC solar panels to be the best performing module; generating 6 percent more electricity on average than the other panels tested.
Aside from their superior performance, REC modules are also considered among the “greener” solar panels, with an energy payback time of just one year. Energy payback refers to the period of time it takes a solar panel to produce enough power to offset the energy used during its manufacture. REC is also a member of PV Cycle; a European voluntary take-back and recycling program for solar panels that is entirely financed by solar panel producers.
In other recent Renewable Energy Corporation news, the company was one of five solar power research teams awarded grants totalling 6.9 million Euros under Singapore’s Clean Energy Research Program (CERP).