Pike River Sun Farm Pilot Site

 

Commsolar has been involved in commercial-scale ground-mounted solar system since its beginning. Since then, we have continued to research and implement new technologies that reduce investment costs and increase long-term returns.

 

RELIABLE SOURCE OF POWER, CONSISTENT RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Ground-based free-field solar systems, also known as sun farms, are a significant part of Australia’s renewable energy future. Projects completed to-date demonstrate that sun farming not only contributes to green energy production, but is also a sound financial investment.

 

For commercial projects that require remote energy generation—particularly those in regional areas and mining sites—ground-based solar systems can provide a continuous embedded electricity supply and reduce reliance on expensive diesel-powered generators.

 

PIONEERS IN SOLAR FARM TECHNOLOGY

In 2008, Commsolar designed, supplied and installed a ‘mini sun farm’ for the Pike River Woolshed. This project was used as a model for projects in the growing sector.

 

The project team managed all approvals on behalf of the client, and arranged local sub­contractors for structural framing and module installation. The team developed a new method of delivery that saves time, cost and overall embodied energy of projects (in this case avoiding use of 14.6 tonnes of concrete and about 8 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions). Once the approvals were in place, system design and installation took only two weeks.

 

The 30 kilowatt ground-based array includes a system monitoring facility that datalogs power and energy yield, as well as local climatic conditions, reporting daily via a cellular data network. This system assists in the reduction of over 48 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

 

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Since the Pike River project, Commsolar has completed a range of ground-mounted solar systems, including projects for Planet Ark in the Blue Mountains, Hawker Resort in the Flinders Ranges, and Blanchetown Sunfarm in SA.

We continue to work with clients on new ground-based projects that meet both power-generation and investment goals.

 

 

 

YOUR NEXT PROJECT

Commsolar has long been a pioneer in new solar energy technologies and their successful application to project solutions. Contact us about your next project to see how we can help.

 

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