Suntrix and Allume unlocking shared solar for apartment blocks in the City of Adelaide
30 November 2021.
In a new partnership, Suntrix and Allume Energy have introduced the application of ‘SolShare’ in Adelaide apartment complexes, enabling power generated from a rooftop solar system to be shared between multiple dwellings within the same building. Commissioned at Hurtle Square early in 2021, the two SolShare systems in combination with a high performing 62 kilowatts peak (kwp) solar array, facilitate smart distribution of clean energy to participating units within the apartment building. This technology monitors the demand of each residence on site and optimises the solar delivery based on who needs the energy at any point in time, while ensuring every apartment receives the same amount each month.
With SolShare, the optimised solar usage results in a reduction of grid energy usage of approximately 100,740 kWh per year - the equivalent of saving approximately 51 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
Suntrix and Allume offer a technology that is future ready and can integrate battery technology and electric car charging stations into its networks.
“This technology and integration into our local electricity network opens new opportunities in reaching carbon neutrality in the City of Adelaide.”
Finalists in this category, the Roseworthy Solar Farm and Energy Storage Project at University of Adelaide, is a hands-on demonstration of the University of Adelaide’s living laboratory concept. The 1.2MW system utilises two different battery chemistries, coupled with a smart- microgrid, to supply the campus with almost half of its energy needs. This one-of-a-kind project will offset over 46% of the Roseworthy campus’ annual electricity requirements through its embedded renewable energy system. Future projections see the project producing enough electricity over its lifetime to power 283,708 South Australian homes for a year. This is equivalent to an emissions reduction of approximately 15,524 tonnes of CO2-e.
As just one in a suite of low carbon initiatives, it is a highly effective renewable energy system that also creates opportunity for staff and students to test research ideas, gather data and experience the latest in low carbon innovations. The demonstration of a ‘Distributed Generation Technologies (DGTs) and Microgrid’ creates cutting edge learning and innovation opportunities for students, lecturers and advanced researchers in engineering, cyber security, and power quality.