Freedom Meals solar+storage array hits 500 MWh month-to-month output – pv journal Australia

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Freedom Foods Group’s Solar + storage array in Shepparton, Victoria, produced more than 3 GWh of clean energy in the first nine months of operation. The array is the first project in Australia to use Fimer’s largest string inverter – the PVS-175. The project is said to be one of the largest rooftop solar systems in Australia.

October 30, 2020

The Freedom Foods Shepparton site is said to have one of the largest C&I arrays in Australia.

Photo: Fimer

With 3.8 MW solar and a 500 kW / 1250 kWh battery array, Freedom Foods in Victoria put a lot of emphasis on on-site Solar + storage. The AEES GroupFimers uses high-performance string inverters which, according to the Italian manufacturer, bring cost savings due to their high power density.

Fimer and the AEES Group report that the system has generated 3.2 GWh of solar power since it was completed in February. The system output increases in the spring sunshine and reaches 500 MWh of electricity in October.

The solar and battery system is part of the Australian food and beverage company’s commitment to sustainability.

Partnership with Fimer, an energy management company AEES groupThe solution at the 22 kV high voltage (HV) site in Shepparton includes feeding solar energy into three HV skids via Fimer’s 1500 V PVS 175 string inverters, which are connected to the site’s HV transformers.

The 3.8 MW solar project uses a total of 18 three-phase PVS-175 string inverters. Fimer claims that its PVS-175 inverters offer cost savings due to their high power rating on both an AC and DC basis. The PVS-175 is designed for 1500 VDC (volts direct current) and 800 VAC (volts alternating current).

In a statement, Richard Martin, CEO of AEES Group, said he was impressed with the Fimer string inverters.

Warren Merritt, Technical Sales Director at Fimer Australia, returned the praise and stated that it was a “fantastic” project to be a part of.

“To see [AEES Group] The team, not only to deliver one of the largest solar systems behind the meter from Victoria, but also to see the results fed back to the customer was great. “

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