The Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club is expecting to save $70,000 a year in energy costs – and it’s all due to the 215 kilowatt peak (kWp) Enphase microinverter-equipped solar panels recently installed on its premises.
Located three hours from Sydney on the New South Wales South Coast, the new solar installation on the $10 million premises are estimated to cut energy consumption in half – reducing costs significantly. Payback period net of costs is expected to be just three years.
“In November alone, our power bill was reduced by $10,000 – down 58 per cent from November 2020,” said Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club chief executive officer Mr Darryl Bozicevic.
The new solar photovoltaic (PV) system was installed by Bawley Point NSW-based Enphase partner SunnyAfternoons Pty Ltd, an Enphase Platinum Partner that services the NSW South Coast as well as northeast Victoria. The 100 kilowatt/peak (kWp) first stage was installed in December 2020, and the remaining 115 kWp was installed in mid-2021. Completed, the system contains 581 x 370-watt mono perc solar panels, equipped with Enphase IQ7+ microinverters.
“Microinverters provide us with monitoring of each solar panel, so we can see how well it is working and easily identify a problem with a panel. With 1000-2000 people visiting the club on many days, safety was an important part of our decision,” Mr Bozicevic said.
According to the Australian government’s 2021 Australian Energy Statistics, 24 per cent of Australia’s electricity came from renewables last year, with solar now leading the way as the largest source of renewable energy in the world. One in four Australian homes have solar – the highest uptake in the world.