Solgen Energy, a leading solar group in the commercial and industrial sector was delighted to accept the Clean Energy Council’s award for grid-connect solar PV power system design and installation – over 100kW at the CEC’s recent ATRAA Dinner.
The industry’s peak body awarded Solgen Energy the coveted prize based on recommendation from an independent panel of solar experts. The award specifically recognised excellence across technical design and installation of a 170kW car park solar solution on the top level of a multi-storey car park at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Chatswood, NSW. The client, Willoughby Council engaged Solgen Energy to construct the commercial solar carport after a competitive tender selection process.
The project highlighted unique challenges such as construction of a steel frame and solar array atop a 7 storey working car park to create a solar carport for parked cars. The power generated from the array is utilised at a nearby Council community centre requiring cabling some 150m across busy streets in the centre of Chatswood.
Solgen Energy’s careful planning across structural steel, civil and electrical works packages delivered the project ahead of time and within budget. The coordination of Solgen Energy’s project managers and photovoltaic engineers resulted in a well planned and executed project.
Joe Coco, Director of Solgen Energy said, “We’re delighted to have been involved in this project for Willoughby Council. Being recognised for the outstanding achievements of our engineers and installation teams is a credit to the ongoing development of our core competencies in the commercial solar space over more than 5 years.”
The design of the solar array was carried out using a 30 degree angle ideally suited to Sydney’s latitude. The bespoke frame and purlin system required very tight working tolerances of 2mm across a 198m array. The system produces approximately 213MWh of clean energy from the sun each year, enough to offset emissions from 45 cars (228 tonnes CO2e).