Solgen Energy won the Solar Power Project tender to supply and install of up to 100kWp grid connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems at each of the TAFE NSW site campuses at Meadowbank and Ryde.

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The Northern Sydney Institute, part of TAFE NSW has a leading environment strategy to reduce its carbon emissions through a range of green initiatives. NSI has been awarded several times for its outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by the NSW Office of Environmental and Heritage. Solgen Energy developed and installed a tailored solution to optimise the solar system power output enabling NSI to further enhance their green credentials.

Solar Power Project Details

Client:The Northern Sydney Institute, part of TAFE NSW
Location:Ryde Campus
Date Completed:August 2013
Solar system peak capacity:99.75kWp
Module:399 x Yingli Poly 250W
Inverter:4 x SMA Sunny Tripower 2000TLEE, and 1 x SMA Sunny Tripower 8000TL
Green savings:126.8 tonnes of emissions per annum
Solar electricity generated:149.1MWh per annum


The TAFE Solar Power System Project had several specific design and installation requirements. Solgen Energy was able to successfully project manage, design and install the Solar power system that met all the client and site requirements. Some of the key challenges were:

  • Short installation time frame of 2 weeks to coincide with the TAFE holidays
  • Customised integration of the solar system into the main switchboard (MSB) to enable the AC connection to existing electrical infrastructure. This included the integration of a protection system that utilised a multifunction relais and contactors.
  • Maintaining the integrity of the clip lock roofing through the use of a non-penetrating mounting system utilising specialised clamping brackets.


Solgen Energy project managed the entire system installation, from initial concept design through to system commissioning and handover. Solgen Energy worked closely with the Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) to obtain all the required approvals and with our client to ensure that the project met their needs and was successfully delivered on schedule.

Solgen Energy’s Clean Energy Council (CEC) Accredited engineers designed a specialised Solar Power System to deliver the maximum power output. Solgen Energy installed a web based monitoring device built into the system to provide TAFE staff with the ability to access real time solar energy generation data

The hardware components chosen for the TAFE Solar System Project were premium high efficiency products from the world’s leading solar manufacturers. The components used include:

  • Compact 250W polycrystalline photovoltaic modules made by Yingli
  • Industrial rated tripower inverters made in Germany by SMA
  • Non-penetrating roof flush mounting frames


The TAFE Solar System Project demonstrates NSI’s ongoing commitment to Green initiatives. The new Solar power system simultaneously provided NSI with immediate financial benefits and a sustainable long term carbon reduction providing a positive benefit to the environment.
The major benefits of the TAFE Solar Installation at the Ryde campus include:

  • The generation of approximately 149.1MWh of renewable electricity per annum while reducing the energy demand from non-sustainable resources
  • The reduction of CO2 emissions by 126.8 tonnes per year
  • The ability to incorporate the solar system into the course curriculum using the comprehensive monitoring equipment to analyse energy generation results

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