Make hay while the sun shines

Thursday, November 25, 2021
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Veli Markovic

466 kW Ground mount system

https://www.greenwoodsolutions.com.au/customer-stories/gilmac-makie-hay

This is another great article from Andrei, our Account Manager here at Greenwood and deals with an agricultural business in rural Victoria, Australia.

What they needed

Family- owned Gilmac,https://gilmac.com.au/ is the premiere exporter of quality Australian fodder to dairy and beef industries across East Asia, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China.

The processing and packaging of their hay products is incredibly energy intensive and their electricity bill was considerable indeed as powerful three phase induction motors are used to shape and compress the hay into six different options.

Greenwood Solutions was engaged by Enel X Australia,  to design, supply, install and commission this 466.56kWp ground mounted solar PV system. The decision to go the terra firma option was due to lack of roof real estate and the availability of suitable land.

As with all ground mount commercial solar renewable energy systems council approval was difficult, but clear project management steps were put in place to pass all approvals with the requisite documentation supplied.

During the geo tech test procedures soil on site was discovered to be unstable, and to eliminate any issues, Greenwood with engineering approval, bored down 1.8M to ensure strong structural integrity of the posts for the S-Rack Ground Mount framing system being used.

Our Solution

System Design:

  • 1152 X Sunpower 405W Commercial Performance Panels
  • 8 X SMA Sunny Tripower Core 1 STP 50kW Inverters
  • S-Rack Ground Mount System
  • GridSafe Custom Secondary Protection Board PVDB
  • Solar Analytics Monitoring
  • Power Factor Correction Unit

The Result

The annual generation of the system is 738.8MWh. This equates to a Carbon reduction of 722 tonnes CO2 per year.

Grid Connection was indicated at 16 weeks by PowerCor but with Greenwood’s expertise, it was connected in 4 weeks.

Native vegetation plants in conjunction with the local council were implemented to ensure that native flora and fauna were positioned on the perimeter of the project.


If you’d like to see what Greenwood Solutions get up to in the real world of renewable energy, solar, battery storage and grid protection check out our industry and commercial pages:

https://www.greenwoodsolutions.com.au/industry 

https://www.greenwoodsolutions.com.au/commercial

https://www.greenwoodsolutions.com.au/news

https://www.greenwoodsolutions.com.au/commercial/customer-stories


About the author

Veli Markovic

CEC Designer
Veli has nearly two decades of experience in the renewable industry. He is passionate about providing people with valuable education and is highly regarded throughout the industry as an educator and operator.
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