Bird Munchies, a leading Australian manufacturer of bird seed products recently installed grid-connected solar inverters supplied by SolarMax through its installation partner, Ygrene Energy.

SolarMax delivered four 15kW 15MT2 and one 10kW 10MT2 grid connected inverters through Ygrene Energy to Bird Munchies for a 70kW rooftop solar PV system comprising of 230 x 305kW solar photovoltaic (PV) panels from Yingli Solar in Queanbeyan, New South Wales.

Designed to generate over 105MWh of solar power annually, the solar PV system is expected to save Bird Munchies up to $25,000 a year in energy bills, reduce its reliance on electricity from the grid, shrink their carbon footprint by 104 tonnes annually and deliver an internal rate of return (IRR) of 27 percent per annum.

Bird Munchies Director Alan Irvine explained that as an Australian manufacturer, they were constantly faced with pressures to produce more competitively priced products. The energy savings facilitated by their new solar power system will allow them to reduce their operating overheads and pass on these savings to their customers. The company is also happy about their reduced environmental footprint.

Tim Davaris, Managing Director, Ygrene Energy observes that Bird Munchies is one of the many manufacturing facilities in Queanbeyan to install a solar photovoltaic system, having seen solar power as a viable alternative for their business.

Bird Munchies will rely on SolarMax’s remote monitoring platform and utilise MaxWeb to access the SolarMax WebPortal over the internet and receive ongoing updates on their systems’ performance.

Gavin Merchant, Key Account Manager for SolarMax Australia adds Ygrene Energy has been instrumental in promoting SolarMax inverters; they are happy to be part of Bird Munchies’ solar installation by supplying the Swiss-made solar inverters.

Key features and benefits of SolarMax’s MT series inverters include easy installation, high reliability and long lifespan; maximum efficiency of up to 98 percent; suitability for both indoor and outdoor installations; and meeting the safety requirements as per AS/NZS 5033:2012 standards (IEC 62109-1/-2) as well as AS 4777.2 and AS 4777.3 standards.

SolarMax products are accredited by the Clean Energy Council (CEC). All SolarMax string inverters have a five-year standard warranty, which can be extended up to 25 years.