BHP BILLITON ROOFTOP installation
Remote locations present special challenges for solar power system installations.When BHP Billiton’s Nickel Division called for a largescale installation to augment the needs of an entire town in Western Australia’s northern Goldfields, Commsolar carefully assessed the unique demands and provided a customised solution.
CHOSEN AS A PROVEN PERFORMER
The town of Leinster, 870 kilometres northeast of Perth, is the nearest population base to a substantial nickel mining operation owned by BHP Billiton. When BHP Billiton made the decision that all buildings in the town should carry solar photovoltaic (PV) micro systems, they contracted Commsolar based on an outstanding track record of success in project management, value management and technical expertise in remote installations.
MEASURED SOLUTIONS TO SHADING
Upon undertaking the project, Commsolar immediately identified rooftop shading of as a specific risk. The project team set about accurately measuring the impact of the shading and recommended high-efficiency thin-film technology as part of the solution. The client was then able to make an informed selection from Commsolar’s diverse product range, choosing copper-indium-selenium (CIS) panels produced by one of the leaders in this cutting edge technology.
Commsolar’s project research also highlighted that conventional framing had the potential to slow installation timeframes. A solutionwas found in the shape of custom-designed panel frames. Specifically designed to streamline installation and cope with harsh local climatic conditions, Commsolar’s innovation helped ensure that tight installation deadlines were met with no problems.
YOUR NEXT PROJECT
The BHP Billiton Leinster project stands as another example of Commsolar’s abilities to provide a raft of ‘in-house’ solutions to the technical and design challenges unique to remote installations; from research to product recommendation to the design and manufacturing of customized components.