Solargain Case Studies

Prime Products are the largest importers and traders of groceries and branded products from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Western Australia.

Due to the nature of their business which houses sizable cool room storage operating 24/7 they have a constant demand for power across the year. Having demand for energy around the clock the premises is on a peak / off peak tariff which makes power consumed from the grid during daylight hours more expensive than evening off peak rates.

As a result the company decided to install a 30kW Solargain solar PV system to reduce their energy needs and reliance on the grid. The system comprises 156 x Solar One Monocrystalline solar panels and 3 SMA 10000TL Tripower 3 Phase inverters.

case-studyDue to the roof being completely flat and there being plenty of roof space tilt frames were used to maximise the amount of output from the system. The 130 kilowatt hours per day the system is designed to produce as an average across the year will provide approximately 40% of the locations peak daytime energy needs, dramatically reducing their reliance upon the power billed at the higher rate.

Financially, given their current tariff and the projected rises in the cost of energy to come they anticipate the system will have paid for itself in 3-4 years giving them a most satisfactory tax free financial return.

Also as the freehold owners of the premises the system is a significant value add to their asset as we head towards mandatory disclosure of energy efficiency for commercial premises in the years to come.

Prime Products has been happy enough with the quality of product and workmanship with their first system that they have now asked Solargain to take a look at some of their other locations to see if they are also suitable for a similar system.

 

 

 

Established 7 years ago, Solargain is now one of Australia's largest integrated solar energy and solar hot water businesses. The company currently has offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, and Regional WA and is intending to expand into SA and NSW later this year. At the moment we have over 80 staff nationwide.

We are one of very few companies in our industry to have offices and staff based in each state that we operate in as opposed to a single central operation attempting to pose as a "national" company. We are BCSE Accredited; members of the Clean Energy Council of Australia and were awarded preferred supplier status for one of the nation's biggest utilities. We are the sole supplier/installer for some of the largest builders in Australia such as BGC and the ABN Group. Solargain also provides maintenance services on all of the products we sell (Solar Panels and Solar Hot Water). In addition to the completed systems below we have also just been contracted to supply and install a 30kW system for the Hyden Pool Complex for the Shire of Kondinin.

CITY OF WANNEROO

The 24kW system is split across one pitched tile roof and one flat tin roof, required multiple inverters and a display screen to provide live information to those entering the Council Offices.

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1. Solargain Tilt Frame Array - City of Wanneroo

2. Solargain Multiple Inverter Install - City of Wanneroo

Contact person: Mark Stevens P: (08) 9405 5218 E: mark.stevens@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

SHIRE OF DUMBLEYUNG

The 10kW system for the Shire of Dumbleyung is installed on their main administration building. The system consists of 52 panels and a single 10kw 3 phase inverter installed on a pitched tin roof.

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1. Solargain Pitched Roof 10kW Array - Shire of Dumbleyung

2. Solargain 3 Phase 10kW Inverter - Shire of Dumbleyung

Contact person: Paul Godfrey P: (08) 9863 4012 E: dceo@dumbleyung.wa.gov.au

SHIRE OF CAPEL

The system includes 27 x SolarFun 190 Watt Mono-crystalline solar panels and a SMA SMC6000 Inverter. Residents, visitors and staff entering the Capel Shire Library are able to view the system data via the 32 inch LCD display screen which is installed in the reading area.

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1. Solargain Pitched Tin Roof 5kW Array - Shire of Capel

2. Solargain LCD Data Display Screen - Shire of Capel

Contact person: Colin Dent P: (08) 9727 0222 E: cdent@capel.wa.gov.au

SHIRE OF BUSSLETON

The contacted included two systems a 6.84kW solar energy system on the Busselton Shire Offices and 2.66kW at the Dunsborough Community Centre. The 2 systems combined include 50 x 190 watt high efficiency SolarFun Mono crystalline solar panels and 3 x SMA Inverters.

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1. Solargain Pitched Tile Roof 6.8kW Array - Busselton Shire

2. Solargain Pitched Tin Roof 2.66kW Array - Dunsborough Shire

Contact person: Ron Boucher P: (08) 9781 0413 E: Ron.Boucher@busselton.wa.gov.au

DMA have grown to be one of the largest wholesalers of computer hardware in WA. They are currently the top Microsoft (OEM) and Intel channel partners locally, and are tier one partners with Panasonic. DMA operate 5 days per week from their main office / warehouse.

Their initial concern when looking at a solar PV system was that as they operate only over a 5 day period the production they made on Saturday and Sunday would not be utilised given that there is no buyback arrangement for commercial solar systems in the state in which they operate.

However, several changes occurred during their period of enquiry which over time created an appropriate return on investment for them in spite of consuming around 70% of the power they will generate over the week.

case-studyFinancially, given their current tariff and the projected rises in the cost of energy to come they anticipate the system will have paid for itself in 4-5 years giving them a most satisfactory tax free financial return. DMA are also the freehold owners of the premises in which they operate and understand the value added to the premises an installing the system should they ever seek to sell or lease the premises in the future.

DMA has been happy enough with the quality of product and workmanship with their first system that they have now asked Solargain to assist them in the future with their next system when their building is split into two strata units.

These changes included:

  • The wholesale cost of quality solar panels reduced by 50% in the 2011 calendar year
  • Larger scale commercial inverters have become available in Australia further reducing the system and installation cost
  • Business tariffs having increased by 20% as of 1 July 2011 much more than the residential tariffs increases.

To address their concerns regarding the ever increasing cost of energy DMA installed a 30kW Solargain solar PV system. The system comprises 156 x Solar One Monocrystalline solar panels and 3 SMA 10000TL Tripower 3 Phase inverters. Their roof is pitched and the panels were placed on the most suitable part of the building being the West North West orientation.