Steel products manufacturer Hilton Manufacturing has commissioned a one-of-a-kind project on the roof of its factory in Dandenong South, outside Melbourne, Victoria. The commercial-scale solar array is unique in Australia and possibly in the southern hemisphere as well for its use of solar tracking technology. The 98.6kW system will generate approximately 40% more solar power than a project of similar size with a fixed array.
The tracking and mounting technology, however, were not covered by the grant. Instead, Hilton took the initiative to improve the efficiency of the system by using its own resources to design the frames and tracking devices, which it has an eye to replicate and sell to other companies in the future. Likely for this reason, the addition of the plant’s new solar system has been about 2 years in the making, and the tracking array was designed and manufactured by Hilton themselves, while the system was programmed by ABB. Actual construction took around 6 months.
Excellent stuff. I would love to see solar installations on all of Dandenong South's factory rooftops (where feasible).