Renewable Energy Project: Solar Panels
The City of Geelong Bowls Club is a community hub, serving a number of local groups. The club provides two bowling rinks, a bistro (open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner), function rooms, a retail bowls shop and is the headquarters of the Geelong Bowls Region.The club also caters to residents of the Geelong Golf Links and surrounding suburbs in the form of social membership and barefoot bowling as well as catering to the Golf Club members and casual golfers.
The solar project was a long time in the making as project development was impeded by the Covid related lockdowns in Victoria. Despite this, through the persistence of all stakeholders, the project was completed in April 2021 and has been generating electricity reliably since. The project was well supported by both the local and broader CORENA communities, funded approximately 50/50 by new donations and existing CORENA loan repayments. The installation is of significant size at 89kW and thus the long term emissions and savings benefits are material. Once the loan is repaid, the system will provide the club with long term, low cost electricity which will assist in providing services at low cost to the community.
This project has been fully funded – Thank you!
Loan amount: $92,000
Loan repayments: $3,000/quarter
Status: Funded project
Installation date: 21/4/21
89kW Solar PV System
210 SunPower 400/440W/P19 Comm Solar Modules
4 Fronius Symo 20.0 Solar Inverter
1 Fronius Symo 10.0 Solar Inverter
1 Network Protection Device (Mains Pro)
1 Hopergy Premium Tilt Frame set at tilt angle of 10°
1 Supply and installation of Solar Analytics for the
measuring and monitoring of Consumption and Solar
Expected savings: 119,570 kWh/yr
Reduction in carbon emissions/yr: Equivalent to 21.55 average households using renewable electricity instead of grid electricity