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For grid-connected installations specific tests and documentation will be required by the DNO which normally cover synchronisation with the grid, safety interlocks (to disconnect the PV supply if the mains supply fails) and adequate provision of warning labels. Allowance may need to be made for witness testing by the DNO and for poor weather conditions. 2 Maintenance Documentation for the installed system should include a maintenance schedule and the competency requirements for inspection and maintenance.
3 Air heating For commercial buildings, pre-heating ventilation air is usually carried out using perforated plate collectors. Although this technology is well established in Canada it has only recently been introduced in the UK. The installed cost of a perforated plate collector is about £50 / m2. The system is used to preheat ventilation air so the additional costs for the air handling system are minimal. The area of collector required will depend on the air volume and temperature rise required.
5 Electricity generation (photovoltaics) PV systems convert solar radiation into electricity. The majority of systems are grid-connected so that any electricity generated that is excess to demand can be exported to the distribution network. Standalone systems require battery storage and will not be considered here. e. an inverter, that converts the DC power to an alternating current (AC) synchronised with the grid and at the correct voltage and frequency. The system is connected to the electrical supply system of the building via the standard building wiring and the mains switchboard, and to the utility grid via import and (where appropriate) export metering, see Figure 16.