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Solar on a budget for aged care facility The regional city of Mildura describes itself as Victoria’s top solar location, with an average of 8.6 sunlight hours per day. So it is no wonder that when Chaffey Aged Care in Merbein was contemplating an upgrade to its energy supply, solar was high on the list. But as a not-for-profit organisation run by the local community, the budget at the 78-bed facility was tight. Local solar expert Lee & Golding had to devise an innovative scheme, as the savings alone didn’t allow for the installation. “Mildura is a hot climate and air conditioning is a must for many months of the year, so the solar installation had to take this energy usage into account and our initial plan had to provide for this,” said Josh Lee of Lee & Golding. The finished scheme comprised 384

“Clearly the anticipated energy saving

x 260 W Trina Solar Honey panels with

was the big motivator for us, but we are

4 x 25 kW SMA inverters. The system

also delighted with the environmental

produces 165,000 kW per annum — an

benefit that has been achieved.

estimated energy saving of around $40,000.

Lee added, “The other benefit of a

Chaffey Aged Care CEO Darren

solar scheme in an area of such high

Midgley said the system has a projected

sunlight is that as Mildura is such a long

energy efficiency of 87.3% and the

distance from the Latrobe Valley, where

energy savings will pay back the cost

the brown coal-derived power comes

of the solar system in 2.8 years.

from, the area suffers from an energy

“We’ll save a total of more than $1.2

transmission loss of 23.5%.

million over 25 years and an environmental

“Solar eliminates these losses as

saving of around 170,000 kg of CO2 gases

you only pay for what you bring through

Trina Solar

per year,” Midgley said.

the meter.”

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