Located between Sydney and Newcastle, the former Gosford local government area (LGA) appointed Solgen Energy Group to install 7 solar power systems across many iconic buildings.

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Decreasing energy consumption, maximising efficiency

The sites elected for solar power around the natural captivating area include: Peninsula Leisure Centre, Erina Depot, Central Coast Stadium, Niagara Park Sports Stadium, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Laycock Street Community Theatre and Somersby Water Filtration Plant.

The solar power works will reduce electricity usage costs by an expected 10 per cent across each site and will save almost 550 tonnes of carbon emissions a year. The seven solar power installations across Gosford LGA were carefully designed to the unique aspects of each site, in order to maximise output and financial returns to the council.

 

Solar power project details

Location: Various sites
System size: 455kW
Energy produced: 692 MW hours
Solar panel: Trina Solar, TaleSun
No. of panels: 1,738
Date: July, 2016
Connection: On-grid
CO2 savings: 484 tonnes
Inverter: SMA Sunny Tripower
No. of inverters: 24

The solar power arrays incorporate over 1600 solar panels, utilising two different types of Trina Solar panels. The Peninsula Leisure Centre, Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford Regional Art Gallery and Niagara Park Stadium comprise 828 Trina Solar Honey Poly 260W panels. Due to implied shading, both present and future, at the Erina Depot and Central Coast Stadium Solgen specified the Trinasmart panels to be the most efficient solution.

The Water Treatment Plant however utilises the TaleSun Hipro Mono 280W panel, which features higher power output due to the passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology. Each Trinasmart panel will minimise the input of partial shading thanks to the inbuilt TIGO optimisers, achieving maximum energy generation through module level DC power optimization. The TIGO optimisers allow each of the 1670 solar panels to be remotely isolated at the junction box and automatically disconnect if the inverters are turned off. These optimisers also ensure no DC voltage will be present in any of the array cabling in this event. Each system incorporates high quality, German engineered SMA Tripower inverters, allowing Gosford City Council to access detailed generation and savings data on its internet based Sunny portal.

 

Benefits

The installation of 455kW of solar power across a number of Gosford City Council’s buildings will:

  • Reduce 484 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually;
  • Produce 630 Megawatt hours per year of electricity from renewable sources;
  • Demonstrate positive action on climate change by the local government;
  • Significantly decrease the facilities’ dependence on fossil fuel energy.

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