SlumberCorp began operation in 1996 with the aim of offering a more personalised service that went above and beyond any other bedding manufacturer in Australia. With the first-in-class customer service ethos, the proudly Australian owned and operated company has expanded its operation at an unprecedented rate.

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SlumberCorp first contacted Solgen Energy in February 2015 with the goal of offsetting their energy consumption by investing in a 100kW renewable energy solar project.Shortly after, Solgen Energy designed, installed and commissioned a solar photovoltaic system that will ensure SlumberCorps’ East Arm facility will be, in-part, fuelled by energy from the sun.

Located in Northern Territory’s tropical cyclone area, the entire system needs to withstand the extreme winds that are associated with these weather patterns. Furthermore the roof’s structural design had to be taken into account when designing the solar power system to facilitate maximum energy generation.

The energy provider also advised that this would have to be a zero export system, with no solar power energy allowed to feed back into the grid. Taking all this into consideration, Solgen Energy’s engineers designed a tailored solution for this business.

Solar power project details

Client: SlumberCorp
Location: East Arm, Darwin – NT
Date completed: July 2015
Solar system peak capacity: 100kW
Panel: 384 x Trina Poly 260W modules
Inverter: 4 x SMA Sunny Tripower 25000TL
Green savings: 189 tonnes of emissions per annum
Solar electricity generated: 176 MWh per annum

Solutions

Taking into consideration the tropical cyclone compliance regulations, Solgen Energy ensured the entire system met the most stringent testing and compliance standards of this region by engaging independent structural engineers to certify the solar panels, mounting and all other associated components could withstand these extreme conditions.

The roof’s structural design had multiple obstacles, with skylights and whirlybirds making parts of the roof incompatible with solar panels. Solgen Energy’s team of engineers dealt with this by utilising the compatible roof area effectively, resulting in a unique and aesthetically pleasing solar power array.

The roof’s structure is also quite flat, and as a result the Solgen Energy engineers designed a split east/west solar power system that will produce a flat production curve throughout the day, thereby maximising the consumption of the generated solar power energy.

In addition, Solgen Energy implemented the use of the Sol-0-X control system, designed and manufactured in-house and approved and registered by NT Power and Water, to ensure the system met the non-exporting requirements of the utility.

Benefits

The installation of a 100kW photovoltaic system will:

  • Generate an estimated energy output of 176 MWh annually.
  • Reduce the overall energy costs with greater independence from the utility.
  • Offset up to 189 tonnes of CO2 each year.
  • Demonstrate SlumberCorp’s commitment towards carbon reduced operations.
  • Represent the potential financial benefits that could be achieved by renewable energy systems.

To enquire about how solar can facilitate your business, contact our energy consultants today.

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