What they needed
St Andrews Beach Brewery calls a 92-acre property on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula home formally known as 'Markdel'.
In the mid-2000’s, the property housed up to 80 thoroughbred horses and boasted its very own grassed race track. Over 100 group one winners called the stables home, including multiple Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper champions – Makybe Diva, Mummify and Alinghi.
After a significant facelift, the site has been converted from what was once a world class horse training facility into a brewery, taproom and agribusiness farm.
St Andrews Brewery saw an opportunity to repurpose the unique features on the property and form an agribusiness like no other.
The former grassed race track is now home over 8000 heritage apple and pear trees for cider production and our very own plot of Sandy Road Cluster Hops.
In addition to the orchard, you’ll find in the paddocks their expansive veggie garden and green house full of fresh veggies and herbs. As their crops grow, St Andrews hope to become a self-sustained business that showcases seasonal produce grown on the farm.
To help make any self sustained business a true reality, renewable energy needs to be integrated to help not only offset grid reliance and reduce energy bills, but most importantly, to show that a self sustained businesses is doing everything they can to lower emissions and take control of their energy needs.
The CEC accredited design team at Greenwood looked over energy data usage and interval data supplied through their retailer, to look at how St Andrew's use energy on site.
It was established through the design and analytical process that a 98.8kW PV system would offer the greatest return on investment and also balance well with energy loads throughout the year.
260 X Sunpower Performance 380W Panels
3 X Fronius ECO 27 Inverters
Gridsafe GS100 PVDB
Schletter Tilt Racking
On average, the PV system installed will produce 360kWh + of clean renewable energy - which will assist with reducing energy costs, but also helping achieve the dream of being a self sustained business.
Any solar generation not utilised on site will be exported to the grid.
Greenwood Solutions, through the Fronius Solar Web portal keep regular maintenance checks in place to ensure the system is working as intended.
Based on historical data, the system is producing above and beyond and has reduced energy bills significantly. Money they are pumping back into their business and staff to create even fresher beer and a better customer experience.