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Ground Mount Solar for Bryanston School

Client: Bryanston School

Location: Blandford Form, Dorset

Description of Work: Installation of a 37Kw Ground Mount Solar Array


Bryanston School was founded in 1928, where it started with 7 members of staff and 23 pupils. It now has around 80 teachers and over 600 pupils. The School occupies a 400-acre estate in North Dorset, just outside the Georgian market town of Blandford Forum. The school has numerous facilities including, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a theatre, riding stables and a chapel to name but a few.


Wessex Energy installed a solar PV system consisting of 148 Phono Solar 250W panels mounted equally on two ground mount frame systems manufactured by Sunfixings. Two Power One 20Kw inverters were fitted on the back of the Solar array frame and connected into a sub-collector board; which feeds back into Cranborne house building via a buried cable.

The system is connected into the incoming mains distribution system and the inverters are connected via a data cable link. This enables the client to monitor each inverter; the control unit monitors the Solar system activity and is also connected via a RJ45 data outlet back into the school data network, allowing the client remote access and viewing.

The system will produce approximately 37,143 units of electricity per year dependent on seasonal weather conditions. This means an approximate saving of 21,097 Kg of carbon dioxide per annum. These returns mean the project will pay for itself in 6 to 7 years allowing the remainder of the 20 year term full financial return for the client.

Andrew Gardener, Energy Manager, Bryanston School said “I found Wessex to be totally professional in all aspects of their service from sales and quoting to their technical expertise and knowledge on the subject. The installation and commissioning of the PV array all went according to plan. We are very pleased with the final product and would have no hesitation in using Wessex Energy again”

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Longmead Industrial Estate,
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