Burder Industries, a regional manufacturer of customised tractor and earthmoving equipment for the agricultural industry has installed a 355kWp solar power system at its facility in Wangaratta, Victoria.

Supplied by the world-leading solar photovoltaic module manufacturer Yingli Solar through its distribution partner, EnviroGroup, Burder’s solar PV system is equipped with 1,420 250W YGE high efficiency polycrystalline PV panels. EnviroGroup is a specialist provider of renewable energy products and systems for commercial, government and residential customers.

Burder’s solar power system will generate approximately 467MWh of solar energy per year, meeting up to 90 percent of the company’s daily energy requirements and reducing the company’s energy costs by over 70 percent each year in addition to providing a 25-year hedge against future electricity price rise.

Environmentally, Burder Industries will be able to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 607 tonnes annually, equivalent to taking 145 cars off the road. The company’s investment in solar PV is expected to generate an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of over 25 percent annually.

Burder Industries decided to install the solar PV system at its manufacturing facility to reduce its operating costs and get an advantage in a market where it competed directly with imported equipment for the agricultural industry. Energy usage was a big component of the company’s operating costs; solar power was therefore considered by Burder Industries as an effective solution.

According to Adam Fendyk, General Manager, Burder Industries, the switch to solar has involved a large capital investment for the business; however, the company views it as a wise investment decision that will be critical to the long-term success of their business by enhancing their domestic competitiveness.

Daman Cole, Managing Director for Yingli Green Energy in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific observes that solar power is vital for energy intensive companies such as Burder Industries as it will help them reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint.

EnviroGroup managed all aspects of the solar project including system design, installation, high voltage connection design and upgrade, 500kVA substation sourcing and installation, grid connection and metering.