MEDIA RELEASE 16 March 2017
Victorian bulb farm is delighted with the energy savings from their solar scheme
Energy is one of the major overheads of a bulb farm located at Silvan in the
rich volcanic soil area of Victoria's Dandenong Ranges through their need to
power different cool rooms at a precise temperature depending on the species of
Matt Blom, the manager of Aker Flowerbulbs said that they imported bulbs from
their parent company in Holland, which was founded in 1894 and sold them in the
Australian, Asian, US and European markets.
"We only started in Australia in the 1980's and sell tulips, lilies, irises,
gladioli, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulbs and our cool rooms have to
maintain a precise temperature ranging from 30 plus to minus 1.5 degrees
depending on the species.
"The purpose of the temperature control is to put the bulb to sleep so that our
customer, the flower grower, can produce flowers all year round.
"We previously spent $60,000 a year on energy and we are on track to
substantially reduce this amount through our solar system and off peak grid
power is less than last year as we need to use this source during the night. But
even so, we are currently exploring the economics of the use of batteries in
conjunction with our solar.
"We expect to save the capital cost of the system in five years with savings of
$13,497 or 32 percent in year one and continuing to $176,010, or 31 percent in
year 10," Matt Blom said.
Richard Martin of AEES Group, which designed and installed the system said they
started on the design by taking the solar usage interval data which is now
available from the smart meters that have been installed throughout Victoria.
"We used this to determine the size of the solar system that would be required
and the economic justification for the capital cost. The data allowed us to do
an accurate cost- benefit analyses.
"We recommended a system with 231 Trina Smart panels coupled with Tigo DC
optimisation as we have always received high yields from this system with remote
live time monitoring which allows us to provide timely maintenance and quickly
detect any problems.
"We have already had a situation when a string of panels was underperforming
through the failure of a $6.50 fuse, which we were quickly able to identify and
"The monitoring results are also beamed to the head office of Aker Flowerbulbs
in Holland and they have been so impressed that they have moved to install their
own solar system based on the Australian experience," he said.
Govind Kant, Trina Solar APAC Sales Manager said that the experience of Aker
Flowerbulbs was typical of the feedback he was receiving for this type of
system, particularly where there was a consistent energy requirement, rather
than sharp peaks and troughs.
"Their experience with Trinasmart panels and real time monitoring not only
provides continuous input of the savings benefits of the system, but allows
timely maintenance to overcome any problems and maintain optimum performance.
"We are also pleased that the experience in Victoria has led to their head
office on the other side of the world moving to install their own system, based
on the Australian success.
"After all this type of testimonial is our best form of advertising," Govind
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