Planning for the future is paying off today for Shelford Girls’ Grammar

The decision to go solar is usually driven by a desire to reduce electricity bills and impact on the environment. While Shelford Girls’ Grammar was no exception, they had identified three specific objectives they wanted their solar system to achieve:

  • The fastest pathway to ‘free’ electricity
  • The ability to operate with low maintenance and low risk of product failure
  • A future financial benefit that could pre-emptively address future power price hikes

RACV Solar designed a system that met all three targets. To ensure the long-life of the system, we installed protective cages around inverters and used internal wiring where possible, covering any external wiring with steel covers.

We also worked with the school’s IT department to integrate everything into their IT system and adhere to their security requirements.

On top of meeting their objectives, the system contributed to a strong positive sentiment in the school community, showcasing the school’s commitment to sustainability in a clear, proud way.

Importantly, it was all done within the school’s timeframe, minimising any disruption to students.

Key numbers*

  • 400 kW capacity system

  • 135 tonnes of carbon saved every year (approx.)

Components used

  • 249 x Trina solar panels installed across multiple buildings

  • 4 x Fronius Symo inverters

    1 x Fronius ECO with system monitoring

  • High granularity monitoring system to track energy production and total energy consumption.

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*The statistics for RACV Solar customers have been calculated based on the following assumptions: the site's prior electricity consumption and tariffs, 3D modelling software for commercial and complicated residential sites (identifying shade/structures that impact performance), local sunlight irradiance and climate data, Victorian grid electricity emissions intensity factor of 1.12 kg CO2 eq / kWh, and average home system size in Victoria.