Run by the sun
Run by the sun

Off grid solar to bring power to Burton Sailing Club training centre

Tuesday 07 June 2016


Burton Sailing Club is an RYA (Royal Yacht Association) recognised training centre based at Foremark Reservoir set against the backdrop of breathtaking Derbyshire countryside. The training centre was built to offer club members and budding sailors the facilities to learn about and understand the theory of sailing.

However, the club were not given permission to run an electricity cable to the centre to give it mains power and instead turned to Run By The Sun to design and install a medium sized off grid solar PV system. Run By The Sun were also tasked with undertaking the electrical installation of the centre installing energy efficient LED lighting and automatic sensors.

Medium off grid PV solar system design

It was suggested that the centre would be in utilised 2-3 times a week and so we designed a 1.2kWp system comprising of six all black mono-crystalline solar panels and delivering 230Wp to power the classroom and teaching aids such as projectors, laptops and other devices. The system includes a Studer inverter as well as a Morningstar charge controller and once completed, the centre was officially opened by British around the world sailor Tracey Edwards.

Although many of the off grid solar projects we get involved in come as a result of a need for alternative power supply, other customers have a romantic idea of being independent of the grid because of their own political, social or environmental concerns. Whatever your reasons, they will all be justifiable because going 'off grid' will ultimately be a very personal lifestyle decision.

Off grid solar PV systems tend to be more complicated to design because you have to identify and accurately assess your specific energy requirements. If you are unable to get mains power by more traditional methods and would like to consider solar technology as a possible option, then please don't hesitate to contact Run By The Sun on 0116 270 1926.