Sheffield Solar is a research group based at The University of Sheffield. The project is comprised of the Microgen Database and the Sheffield Solar Farm.

The Microgen Database is a public-industry-academic collaboration providing solar photovoltaic performance data for use across the UK PV supply chain. The project is funded by the EPSRC and The University of Sheffield (via the Higher Education Innovation Fund), to promote knowledge transfer and new links between industry, society and academia.

The Sheffield Solar Farm provides real world testing and demonstration of photovoltaics using the test bed located on the Hicks Building roof here in Sheffield.

The testbed features two 4 kWp arrays of crystalline silicon PV alongside several new and existing PV technologies, linking laboratory testing to field application. The data collected is available online for researchers, installers, policy makers and the public. Visitors to the site are able to see real time generation data along with the sun’s irradiance.