Electricity a major expense for cold storage operators.
99.9kW maximum size under STC (upfront subsidy).
Estimated production of 137,000kWh per year.
System lifetime savings apx, $548,000
Creating a competitive advantage for Torino in the cold storage industry.
With the price of electricity increasing and being the highest input into cold storage, Torino was investigating how commercial solar could help.
Install a commercial solar system to reduce the energy expenditure for Torino Food Services.
During the initial site visit Solar Bay collects information on the existing electricity contracts, roof weight bearing and generation capacity, buildings electricity consumption profile, and most importantly the client goals.
Torino's biggest goal was to reduce total electricity expense through investing in energy projects with strong ROI's. Solar Bay's analysis showed a 99.9kW system would have the highest ROI, with zero export to the grid.
As the building was recently constructed full electrical as builts were available, and the grid application for embedded generation was straight forward.
Solar Bay worked with the original structural engineers to design the panel placement, 99.9kW was located on one wing of the building to allow future solar to be added if deemed commercially feasible.
Three Fronius 27.0kW inverters were each wired with 33.3kW of solar modules, the Switchboard location allowed for a straightforward wiring run and install.
Safety was taken into consideration from the first site visit. All measures were put in place for OHS, working at heights and electrical safety.
After identifying the location for the inverters and cabling, the team worked for two weeks to install the system.
A detailed handover and instruction manual was provided to Torino to ensure all of their questions could be answered.
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