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Success story: CIRCUTOR turnkey project: Installation of a 97.2 kWp self-consumption solar canopy in Vilamalla (Girona)

A facility without any excess, operating 7 days a week, with 100% self-consumption.

Technical data:
  • 97,2 kWp solar canopy
  • 360 photovoltaic modules with power up to 270 Wp
  • 2 three-phase 50 kVA inverters
  • Charging point for electric vehicles
  • Covering a total of 48 parking spaces on 60 meters in lenght

Success story: CIRCUTOR turnkey project: Installation of a 97.2 kWp self-consumption solar canopy in Vilamalla (Girona)

Starting point:

General Markets Food Iberica, leader in food distribution in Spain, is a company with 93 years of experience with more than 2,400 employees and 5 business areas.
The company has more than 650 sales points including cash&carry (GMcash) and franchised supermarkets (SUMA and PROXIM); 2,000 customers including independent retailers and local distributors; the Export division and the catering division Food Service.
In the food warehouse building, situated in Vilamalla (Girona- Spain), the customer explains the need to reduce the amount of the electricity bill always in accordance with the energy and environmental policy of GM FOOD IBERICA, which prioritizes that the energy consumed comes from a renewable source.

Objectives:

CIRCUTOR offered a complete turnkey project in order to successfully meet the needs and milestones outlined by management at GM Food Ibérica.
The solution was to install a canopy providing shaded parking areas while harvesting clean energy from the sun, therefore cutting electricity consumption and CO2 emissions. This solar canopy doubles up as a charging station for electric vehicles, thus avoiding CO2 gas emissions, improving the company's image and helping to care for the environment.

Details:

In order to successfully meet the objectives set by GM Food Ibérica, CIRCUTOR offered customer support through a turnkey project based on a complete solution –from mechanical assembly through to electrical installation and legalization of all component parts–, making it easier to complete the work in the shortest turnaround time possible.
For this project, CIRCUTOR designed a 97.2 kWp solar canopy measuring 60 metres long, equipped with 360 photovoltaic modules with power up to 270 Wp and 2 three-phase 50 kVA inverters with an Urban charging point for electric vehicles, covering a total of 48 parking spaces.
The system is rounded off with a PC Scada application to remotely provide real-time information, making it easier for internal managers to access information on the status of the facility at any given moment, along with relevant data on the clean energy generated and the savings in cost and emissions at the end of the month.
Success story: CIRCUTOR turnkey project: Installation of a 97.2 kWp self-consumption solar canopy in Vilamalla (Girona)
The solution was to install a canopy providing shaded parking areas while harvesting clean energy from the sun, therefore cutting electricity consumption and CO2 emissions.

CIRCUTOR role

As indicated, CIRCUTOR was the main contractor and was solely responsible for the implementation and installation process, working directly on the following points:
Supplies:
  • Photovoltaic material.
  • URBAN model electric vehicle charging point.
  • Prefabricated hut for inverter room.
  • Electrical protection boards.
Work:
  • Mechanical assembly of the canopy using heavy machinery (truck crane and elevation platforms).
  • Electrical installation.
  • Construction and project engineering.
  • Develop Health and Safety plan with on-site Health and Safety Official.
  • Develop SCADA application for monitoring PV generation and charging electric vehicles.
  • Legalisation procedures for the photovoltaic facility in accordance with Royal Decree 900/2015.
  • Legalisation procedures for the charging point in accordance with REBT-ITC-52.
CIRCUTOR brought in contractors to ensure the success of the project, meeting each of the proposed deadlines. The companies involved were:
  • Energy and Environmental Consultancy BioQuat
  • Engineering EticEnergy
  • Installer Masiro Instalaciones

Results:

To bring the project to a successful conclusion, it was divided into three different stages, each with its own time frame.
The following results are expected once the project is complete:
  • Forecast energy savings: €10,000 in year one.
  • Estimated annual energy production: 125 MWh per year.
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions: 35 tonnes per year.
  • Return of investment (ROI) ~5%/year.
  • Generate enough daily photovoltaic energy to charge electric vehicles covering distances up to 3000 km per day with emissions-free energy.
  • Air conditioning in summer causes consumption peaks, with the consequent payment for excess power. This new solution will avoid this excess power, bringing a direct financial saving.
Success story: CIRCUTOR turnkey project: Installation of a 97.2 kWp self-consumption solar canopy in Vilamalla (Girona)
 

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