First Install Producing Energy and Evidence of Proven Technology
Increasing demands for financial savings and a clean energy future have people everywhere turning to the smartest solar technology available. To help educate local solar seekers, Wondai Electrical Service introduced the first Enphase System to Queensland, Australia.
Making Businesses Better
Taking full advantage of solar’s many benefits, Wondai Electrical Service decided to transform their business into a greener outlet for themselves as well as their customers. Having already shifted the buildings’ air conditioning and HWS to a more economical tariff, Wondai Electrical hoped to achieve financial savings by exporting energy through an approved I.E.S. agreement on solar power.
Working with Ergon Energy to receive proper I.E.S. approval, Wondai Electrical was granted a 5kW array designed with European string inverters set to power the premise’s commercial offices, training room, and combined electrical workshop and warehouse.
Saying Goodbye to String Inverters
Prior to installation, the site’s solar accredited staff were introduced and trained with a new type of proven solar technology recently made available in Australia: the Enphase System.
Convinced that the microinverter’s easy installation, higher safety rate, and maximum harvest capability were better suited for the project, Wondai Electrical Service said goodbye to their original designs and switched to Enphase, making their array the first Enphase installation in Queensland.
“After learning about the Enphase System and being trained with its technology, the decision to use microinverters was obvious,” said Owen Blamires, Managing Director of Wondai Electrical Service. “The process of communicating between individual module inverters through the Envoy Communications Gateway to a cloud-based web platform was so simple to comprehend it almost seemed too good to be true.”
The remote monitoring capabilities of Enlighten also allowed Wondai Electrical to provide potential solar customers with accurate and detailed data about their system’s progress via the Internet.
“By switching to Enphase, we were given an alternative option to the traditional inverter that enabled real-time monitoring and analysis for each individual module,” added Blamires.
Spreading the Enphase Name
Home of Queensland’s first Enphase array, Wondai Electrical Service now has the opportunity to share their Enphase experience with customers who are also looking toward solar for a greener future. Wondai Electrical Service has the ability to promote the Enphase System by demonstrating the capabilities of harnessing PV energy through the array’s physical presence and Enlighten’s web-based presence remotely.
The system has produced more than 1.7MWh of clean energy since installation in April 2013, equivalent to offsetting over one ton of CO2.