Fimer, a worldwide solar inverter supplier, has given its technology to a 519kW solar system at the La Trobe University located in Melbourne, which will assist the university in producing 724MW of solar energy yearly and supporting its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2029.
La Trobe University has 7 campuses across New South Wales and Victoria, and it made a long-term commitment in 2019 to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2029. The university intended to use solar electricity to power its world-class athletic complex at the Bundoora Campus located in Melbourne, which is used for teaching, research, community involvement, and elite sport.
The 519kW system, which includes over 1,100 x 470W panels placed on the stadium roof, was built by Elite Solar Pro, a sector-leading solar and energy EPC located in Victoria. It chose five PVS-100-TL 3-phase string inverters from Fimer for the system, generating about 724 MW of solar energy yearly. This is more than sufficient to meet the stadium’s total electrical needs, with the surplus being used to supply the university’s main campus.
An indoor stadium featuring 6 highball courts that are multi-purpose, a research and teaching facility with analytics research and sport science laboratories that are world-class, and an office area for commercial tenants are all included in the new complex. Green Building Council Australia gave the stadium Australia’s very first ‘As Built v1.2 certified rating and 6 Star Green Star Design’ for the sports building.
Fimer Australia’s Technical Sales Leader, Warren Merritt, who assisted with the installation and commissioning, particularly establishing the system’s communications, said, “The PVS-100-TL offers businesses and organizations with the power, quality, and flexibility to satisfy their energy requirements.” “This is a superb facility with an excellent installation. It has been a joy to collaborate on this project with La Trobe University as they proceed their solar journey.”
The PVS-100-TL string inverters from Fimer are mounted on the roof and housed in a bespoke enclosure. The inverter is suitable for this kind of application where energy consumption fluctuates. A high-power rating of every inverter means fewer units are needed, lowering CAPEX and OPEX attributable to its high density and ease of installation and configuration, and maintenance.
The system is also linked to the Aurora Vision Plant Management program, which is owned by Fimer. This allows it to be remotely monitored and managed. Professor Russell Hoye, Dean of La Trobe’s School of Allied Health, Human Services, and Sport, said the high quality and well-equipped stadium had altered students’ experiences and became a significant community asset expected to attract more than 10,000 people every week. Mr. Hoye added, “We’re really proud of the essence that we were able to build this great facility while staying loyal to La Trobe’s ideals of sustainability, environmental protection, and aiming for net-zero carbon pollution by 2029.”