As renewable energy becomes more affordable, the business case for investing in solar has become more compelling for large businesses across Australia.
One business that has recently taken advantage of the benefits of solar to meet its increasing energy needs is Griffith Central Shopping Centre. Located in the centre of Griffith, NSW, Griffith Central has established itself as an integral part of the local community, which supports the surrounding townships too.
Like many businesses, Griffith Central was looking for an affordable energy supply while reducing its carbon footprint. Owned by The Trustee for Violi Family Trust, the family had been in the market for commercial solar for a few years and had been approached by solar suppliers Australia-wide before choosing Origin in February 2020.
Griffith’s largest rooftop solar system
Origin has now installed a 600kW solar system for the centre, becoming Griffith’s largest rooftop solar system.
“Origin took all the risk and all the hassle out of the process for us,” said owner Frank Violi.
“The price was very competitive, and Origin allowed us to have a repayment plan. Origin is a reputable established energy company. We had faith in the brand to deliver a quality project.”
The system was designed using Trina panels and Fronius inverters, some of the best in the market1. Comprising 1820 individual panels, Origin estimates that the centre could reduce its grid energy by 30 percent and that the system will have paid for itself within five years with those reduced energy costs.
As a local business itself, it was also very important to the Violi family to use a local installer, so Origin partnered with Andreazza Electrical to provide that local expertise and support.
The installation took place over eight weeks during October and November 2020, and whilst Covid-19 presented delays in procurement, Origin delivered the system on time and within budget.
For Griffith Central, the holiday season and extended operating hours in previous years has meant increased energy demand and associated higher costs. Now with the solar system grid-connected, the centre looks forward to an estimated $100,000 of energy savings in the first year alone.
By installing solar, Griffith Central is demonstrating to its customers its commitment to sustainability.
“The entire process has been flawless. Origin has been very easy to work with. They have kept us informed of all activities along the way.”Frank Violi
Now that’s what you call getting energy right for our customers, community and the planet.
Interested in a smarter, renewable future for your business? Contact our Energy Solutions team on 1300 658 773 or submit an enquiry online and we’ll be in touch to discuss your best solution.
1 References: https://www.canstarblue.com.au/solar-power/solar-inverters/ (inverters); https://www.canstarblue.com.au/solar-power/solar-panels-types/ (panels)