SOLAR CASE STUDY – GOULBURN-MURRAY WATER EAST LODDON PIPELINE

New South Wales

  • Goulburn Murray Water Solar
  • SMA inverters - Loddon project
  • Loddon pipeline solar array
Location

New South Wales

System Capacity

20kW

Annual Production

33.5 MWh

CO2 Avoided Anually

42 tonnes

Solar Panels

80 x REC 250W

Solar Inverters

2 x SMA Tripower STP10000TL

Mounting System

SunLock GroundLock

Installed

October 2012

For Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW), Australia’s largest rural water authority, minimising environmental impact is crucial to the organisation’s sustainability.

The decision to purchase a solar power system was driven by a desire to minimize G-MW’s carbon footprint and to achieve its corporate sustainability objectives.

“..generating electricity from solar was a smart investment as well as a green one”

Not for profit GV Community Energy stepped in to provide G-MW with an independent assessment of Energy Matters’ proposed ground mounted solar solution, ensuring the size and quality of the system would suit their needs.

Since G-MW wanted to feed as little electricity back into the grid as possible, Energy Matters sized the system to suit the facility’s energy consumption.

The system features Energy Matters’ very own Australian designed and manufactured SunLock GroundLock mounting system.

The payback time of the system should be just over 5 years, based on the retail rate of electricity and inflation.

“Goulburn-Murray Water is committed to the prevention of pollution and environmental protection”, said Kane Dougherty, G-MW Senior Project Manager. “We had allocated a budget to sustainability initiatives and felt generating electricity from solar was a smart investment as well as a green one.”

The estimate annual output of this system is  33,500kWh; enough to power over 5 average Australian homes. The system will avoid 41 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

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