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Installing one of the country’s most advanced renewable energy training facilities at Holmesglen Institute

RACV Solar installation at Holmesglen Institute

In 2021, Holmesglen Institute selected RACV Solar to install a suite of clean energy solutions at two of their major campuses in metro Melbourne, including a renewable energy training facility for students. 

The project, made possible by Holmesglen securing Victorian Government funding, was awarded to RACV Solar as part of a competitive commercial tender process and included: 

  • 818 kW of solar installed across two sites, including a 139 kW solar carpark installation 
  • 57.9 kWh of commercial battery storage across two sites  
  • Rapid-charge electric vehicle chargers 
  • A training facility including switchboards and roofing structure for solar 
  • A power factor correction unit 

The team executed the installation with minimal interruption to campus operations, despite coming up against a raft of challenges including COVID-19 restrictions and extreme weather events.

“Throughout the design and complex installation process, we were continually impressed by RACV Solar’s professionalism, adherence to strict safety and security requirements, and the minimal interruption to campus operations despite pedestrian and traffic management requirements at key stages of the project.” 
Dr Ross Digby, Associate Director: Centre for Energy & Infrastructure 

We’re especially proud of the training facility we installed at Holmesglen’s Drummond Street campus. Thanks to the partnership, Holmesglen Institute now has one of most advanced renewable energy training facilities in the country, which includes 12 different types of solar panels and 3 different brands of inverters to provide students with the full suite of products to train with. 

The facility not only enables learners to be trained and assessed in solar panel and battery installations, but it has been designed to enable Holmesglen’s electrical linesworker apprentices to understand how a commercial scale installation should connect back to the grid. 

System Capacity

  • 818.66 kW of solar with 57.9 kWh of battery storage across two sites

Components used

  • 1367 x Trina 500W panels

  • 303 x REC 400W panels 

  • 4 x Trina 370W panels 

  • 4 x Suntech 330W panels 

  • 4 x Longi 370W panels 

  • 4 x Jinko 370W panels 

  • 4 x Hyundai 390W panels 

  • 4 x Hanwha 350W panels 

  • 4 x Canadian 330W panels 

  • 4 x Sunpower 320W panels 

  • 4 x REC 330W panels 

  • 4 x Winaico 330W panels 

  • 4 x Sungrow 30kW inverters 

  • 3 x Sungrow 50kW inverters 

  • 3 x Fronius Symo 20kW inverter 

  • 40 x Enphase microinverters 

  • 3 x Sungrow 110kW inverters 

  • 2 x Fronius 10kW inverters 

  • 3 x Fronius 10kW hybrid inverters 

  • 3 x BYD 19.3kW HVM battery box 

  • 1 x Schneider 22kW ground Mount EV Charger 

  • 2 x Schneider 22kW Wall Mount EV Charger 

  • 1 x Schneider 7kW ground mount EV Charger 

  • 1 x Delta 22kW Wall Mount EV Charger 

  • 1 x CapTech 50kVAr PFC Uni

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