Hitachi Rail Goes Solar

As a socially responsible company, Hitachi Rail, the Japanese rail manufacturer, sought an efficient way to reduce energy costs and drive down their carbon emissions for their UK operations. The company identified solar PV as a viable way to achieve these aims and turned to Photon Energy to design and implement a solar PV solution on their redundant rooftop space.

Having worked with Trina Solar extensively in the past, Photon Energy recommended using solar PV panels from this leading manufacturer. Trina Solar worked alongside Photon Energy to complete the commercial rooftop installation at the Hitachi Rail site in Newton Aycliffe where 3,772 Honey M 265W modules were deployed.

Initially, the project was specified to be completed with 250W modules; however with the decision to install Trina Solar’s higher performing monocrystalline Honey M265W modules, it was calculated that a substantial Balance of System (BOS) saving of 100kW could be made, making the installation economically viable.

The 1MW rooftop installation is a high performance commercial PV solution with 100% self consumption on site. As a result, Hitachi Rail’s carbon footprint has been significantly reduced. The project has improved energy efficiency and decreased costs as anticipated, while providing significant BOS savings and generating more than 850MWh of clean energy per year.