30.084kWp Solar Power System at Ballarat Community Health – SunPower, SMA
The Green Power Company installed a 30kWp Sunpower solar PV system on the roof of Ballarat Community Health Centre, which are a primary care facility. The centre uses a large amount of electricity during sunlight hours, and a solar power system is a perfect way of reducing energy costs, as all solar generated electricity will be directly consumed by the premises, thereby reducing the amount of electricity purchased from the main grid. In regards to a financial investment, systems are designs to minimise export into the main grid, as the feed in tariff in Victoria is currently only 6 cents per kilowatt hour, for new installations.
Solar installation & configuration
The installation was installed over 2 stages. Firstly, we installed 46 x SunPower 327W Maxeon mono crystalline panels, followed by another 46 SunPower panels 12 months later. All panels are connect to 2 x SMA tripower 15000TL 3 phase grid connected inverters with dual tracking capabilities. The solar installation was sectioned on various parts of the roof, of which, some panels where mounted directly on the 23 degree incline, and others on tilt frames.
Solar Performance and financials
SunPower panels are a creation of an American company, and are widely acclaimed as the most durable and highest yielding mono-crystalline panels in the world. They are a premium product and customers should expect a 40+ year production lifetime from the panels. SMA inverters are also of the highest quality and a genuine German premium product, which are ngineered to last 25+ years. Due to the quality of the equipment, system performance projections should exceed estimates.
The 30.084kWp SunPower / SMA solar system should generate 41,726kWh per year, generating electricity savings for the facility that should amount to $8,345 per year. The expected reduction in CO2 emissions should equate to 50tonnes per annum, which is a great example of direct action to save money and the environment