We just wanted to tell you how happy we are with our solar power system. It was so much easier than we thought it would be, everyone at Solgen Energy was polite, friendly, and experienced.”

– David Lay, Director

 

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Situated in sunny Darwin, Asian United Food Service operates a wholesale supply and cold store warehouse. The principals decided to counteract their large electricity consumption through the commissioning of a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system.

Located at the Top End of the Northern Territory in the tropical cyclone region, Asian United Food Service worked with Solgen Energy Group to design, procure and install the 400kW rooftop solar power system together with a power factor correction unit.

Solar power project details

Client: Asian United Food Service
Location: Woolner, Darwin – NT
Date completed: July 2015
Solar system peak capacity: 400kWp
Panels: 1536 x Trina Poly 260W modules
Inverter: 16 x SMA Sunny Tripower 25000TL
Green savings: 430.71 tonnes of emissions per annum
Solar electricity generated: 633.4 MWh per annum

Challenges

Located off the coast of Fannie Bay and Port Darwin in the tropical cyclone region of Australia, the solar power installation would need to withstand cyclonic winds, whilst providing optimal energy generation to the business.

Due to the nature of the building’s construction, there was no secure wall structure that could adequately house all sixteen inverters in one inverter station.

The energy provider also indicated that due to the high rated output of the solar power system, it would need to comply with zero export requirements to the grid.

Taking all these factors into consideration, Solgen Energy’s engineers designed a tailored solution for this thriving business.

Solutions

Due to its location and the tendency to encounter Category 2 tropical cyclones, with winds speeds of 125 – 164 km/h, Solgen Energy engaged independent structural engineers and a testing laboratory to certify the solar panels and the rooftop layout to ensure the selected products could withstand these extreme conditions.

The zero export policy for the system enabled Solgen Energy to utilise its in-house designed, and Northern Territory approved, Sol-0-X control system to ensure the system met the non-exporting requirements of the utility.

To host the inverters, Solgen Energy’s engineers designed a custom freestanding inverter station which is securely situated within the warehouse.

The in-house design is composed of a steel structure that is embedded into the cement slab. A black backboard was also added as an aesthetically pleasing addition. The unique inverter station is able to house all sixteen inverters and the associated electrical components.

Solgen Energy’s custom switchboard solution incorporating three distribution boards rounded out a safe and optimal design.

Together with integration of the power factor correction unit, the AUFS operations are not only saving money on electricity usage, but also using electricity much more efficiently.

Benefits

The installation of a 400kW photovoltaic system will:

  • Generate an estimated energy output of 633 MWh annually.
  • Offset a sizeable amount of fossil fuel energy consumption, with greater independence from the utility.
  • Offset up to 430.71 tonnes of CO2 each year.
  • Provide the business with many years of clean energy from the sun.

“We just wanted to tell you how happy we are with our solar power system. It was so much easier than we thought it would be, everyone at Solgen Energy was polite, friendly, and experienced. We are so happy that we are helping to reduce greenhouse emissions in Australia.

We received our first bill and found a 30% saving as estimated on our initial contract. We proudly can say solar panel investment is great and recommend people meet Solgen Energy and start saving today.”

David Lay, Director
Asian United Food Service

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