Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

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Laser Electrical Wantirna - David Tripp

Project: Batterham Reserve
The project was the first of three for Knox Council for the installation of a solar panel system at their sporting pavilions. Key considerations included the system needed to be secure and vandal proof; best suited for club usage; have a significant warranty period and battery storage. The major criterion was to reduce power consumption at the sites. While Batterham Reserve is a solar grid connect project, it has a combination of solar grids in conjunction with battery storage. New technologies used included an Enphase S metered envoy, communications gateway. This allows the club to monitor their usage and production data in real time, both visually through graphs and to run reports on historic usage and production.

Assurance Solar & Electrical - Michael Payet
South Queensland

Project: St Michael’s College Caboolture
Assurance Solar was engaged by St Michael’s College to assist the school in identifying ways to reduce its electricity costs.  The electrical energy audit was conducted in accordance with AS/NZS 3598.1.2014 Energy Audits for Commercial Buildings and the comprehensive report revealed a number of energy saving strategies specifically designed for the school, based on their energy usage requirements, which were then implemented by Assurance Solar’s contracting team. The integrated project included a lighting upgrade to LEDs, power factor correction, two under 30kW solar PV Systems, dedicated timer circuits and a range of behavioral changes based on onsite observations. The project was completed on time and on budget and achieved significant savings for the school.

Electric Air Solutions - Ryan Wood & Kye Mickan
South Australia

Project: 100kw Project Darlington
This 100kw project in Darlington was for a large civil contracting firm who had a large on–site office, server room and huge heavy vehicle workshop. Electric Air undertook extensive data analysis via data logging and interval data, using their suite of in–house tools to greatly assist the analysis phase and deliver fact–based evidence. Once they had agreed on the size and had a signature, all final structural engineering and approvals were obtained. Despite technical and weather–related obstacles, Electric Air met all installation targets for this project.

Horan & Bird - Sam Whiting
North Queensland

Project: Seganfreddo
This project marks the largest solar installation that Horan & Bird has completed to date. Seganfreddo saw the benefit of reducing their ever–increasing power bill whilst reducing their carbon footprint through the installation of solar power. The 300kw solar installation has reduced the business’s operating costs and slashed their quarterly power bill. By installing the system through Solar As A Service (SAAS), Seganfreddo had no upfront costs and is now savings thousands on their power bill. Top of the line SMA inverters were installed, along with 1056 CSUN panels over a three week period to deliver the largest solar installation in the company’s history.

West State Electrics - Tim Shaw
Western Australia

Project: Rocky Bay – Patricia Kailis Centre
The project involved installing a 60KW Solar system in a newly constructed building, to reduce power consumption. This involved installing 184 Sunpower E–series 327W, considered the best solar PV panels in the industry. The panels were connected to 3 x 20KW SMA sunny tri power. Some of the more out of scope works included the protection control panel integration to the existing site main switchboard to suit the western power requirements for connection of over 30KW inverter capacity. They also conducted a harmonics, DC injection and flicker test with their own fluke meter to improve the process.

Laser Electrical Granville - Ray Sherriff
New South Wales

Project: Costa Logistics
The project was a lighting upgrade for a temperature controlled warehouse, replace existing 400w MH lights with LED lights to provide energy savings and higher lighting levels for a more efficient and safer work area. The installation was completed within the original deadline of 8 weeks with no lost time injuries, no near misses and no safety incidents, and no disruption to the business operations. The general lighting levels originally averaged 50–60lux. This is now achieved through LED lighting at the absence detection default setting of 10%, and at normal use (fittings at 100%) average levels of 160–180lux. Costa’s lighting energy costs have been reduced by approximately $73,000.00 per annum with a payback period for the entire supply and installation of 2.37 years.