Mazenod College has commissioned a new 270kW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at its campus in Mulgrave, Victoria to meet part of its energy requirements.

Australia’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation for a college, the solar PV project is being led by Mazenod College’s appointed installation partner, Enervest who will supply a range of SolarMax grid connected inverters comprising of six 15MT2, six 10MT2, eight 13MT2, two 3000P and one 4000P units as well as one MaxMeteo with over 1,000 ReneSola Virtus II PID-Free PV panels.

Expected to generate an average of 330MWh of solar power annually, the solar PV system will meet close to 50 percent of the College’s energy requirements resulting in significant annual savings for Mazenod College and reducing its reliance on grid electricity. The system is projected to reduce the College’s carbon emissions by 455 tonne every year and deliver an internal rate of return (IRR) of up to 28 percent per annum.

Mazenod College Principal Fr Michael Twigg OMI explains that the institution decided to invest in solar power to meet their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint for the benefit of future generations. The College also plans to raise social awareness amongst students and spread the word to the wider community about contributing to living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Mazenod College will be working with Enervest, ReneSola Australia and SolarMax on the project. Fr Twigg hopes the project inspires other education institutions to make the switch to solar for a clean energy future.

To help students at Mazenod College learn about how solar power contributes to their energy consumption, Enervest will utilise SolarMax’s remote monitoring platform, which includes MaxMeteo, a solar irradiation sensor and MaxWeb. The College will be able to access the SolarMax web portal to get a real-time display of performance data such as input and output voltages, input and output currents, frequency, device temperature and yield over the internet.

Stage one of Mazenod College’s solar PV system will commence in mid-October, with stages two and three to begin soon after. The entire rollout is expected to be completed by late January 2015.

Clean Technology Partners completed all the electrical and structural engineering, and the grid connection approvals.