21. CERES Environment Park, Vic

Quick Win project No. 21: CERES Environment Park, Vic

CERES Environment Park is an award winning, not for profit, sustainability centre located on a regenerated landfill site in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
CERES runs extensive environmental education programs both at the park and into the community: urban agriculture projects, sustainability technology demonstrations, and social enterprises including a grocery, cafรฉ, community kitchen, organic online supermarket, and a permaculture nursery.
CERES was at the forefront of renewable energy in Melbourne. In 1993 there was a cutting edge grid-interactive hybrid power station that contributed about 25% of electricity needs. But with growth and aging of technology that contribution dropped significantly.
In 2017 CERES adopted a goal to be zero carbon emissions by 2025. It is important to walk the walk as well as talking the talk. The first strategies to achieve the goal are to reduce demand and to increase solar generation by utilizing existing roofs.
This new solar installation, assisted by CORENA, will be of great benefit in achieving the zero emissions goal and will be a resource for renewable energy education.
Website: www.ceres.org.au

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to CERES so far

* Since the amount of CO2 avoided is highly dependent on the fuel source used for local grid electricity, and since subsequent CORENA projects (partly funded by loan repayments from this one) are in different locations and began at various times when different carbon intensity figures applied, we have used 1MWh = 1 tonne as a very rough approximation across all projects.

CERES project is now fully funded – Thank you!

Note: CERES are planning not one but three new solar PV installations and we originally agreed to fund the 20kW installation for the Chook House. However, a very generous philanthropist has since offered to pay for the Chook House and Merri solar installations, so we are now going to fund the new 9.24kW installation on the Human Powered Classroom instead. We will also be lending CERES enough to cover the network protection equipment that will be required in order to enable such a large overall amount of solar PV.

People contributing to Project 21

Loan amount: $24,176
Loan repayments: $1,210/quarter
Status: Funded project
Switch-on date: 25 October 2018

Loan repayments received so far

Work details CostExpected savings
Human Powered Classroom: 9.24kW
28 x LG 330 NEON2 panels
10kW SolarEdge inverter
28 x P404 DC optimisers
$15,563Around $2,760/year
Around 13,800 kWh/year
Site specific costs:
Network protection equipment enabling this installation plus 2 others on other CERES buildings
Since this allows 3 solar installations to take place, assigning a value is tricky.