Whittlesea Civic Centre

City of Whittlesea
City of Whittlesea

Helping the City of Whittlesea's buildings and community facilities run off 100% renewable energy

The City of Whittlesea is one of the local councils pioneering the transition to renewable energy. The local government is one of 46 Victorian councils committed to purchasing renewable energy over the next 10 years. The City of Whittlesea has committed to using 100 per cent renewable energy to power its buildings and community facilities- reducing greenhouse emissions by 260,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. 

The Whittlesea Civic Centre is one of these buildings. Leeson Solar was successfully awarded the job of installing a 69kW system to help the city achieve its sustainability goals. The Centre had an existing 30kW system- Leeson Solar’s task was to upgrade this to a 99kW system. The Solar Panels selected were 208 Jink 300W panels. The system was then designed across multiple roof platforms to achieve the desired system size. 208  Enphase IQ7+ Microinverters were used, meaning that each panel operates individually instead of in a string. Microinverters make maintenance and fault finding easier should issues arise down the track. Additionally, Suppose a single panel is faulty. In that case, this does not affect the functioning of other panels, meaning that whilst one panel may not be functioning optimally, the rest of the system still can. With such a large building, long cable runs created a voltage rise issue which needed to be resolved by our engineers.

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