Commercial solar case study: Jalco Ltd, Te Puke

Project overview

Size: 39.6 kW

Forecast output: 51,000 kWh p.a.

Forecast savings: $7,700 p.a.

Installation date: December 2018

Project highlights

  1. New Zealand’s 1st solar powered wood processor.
  2. 5.0 c/kWh equivalent over 25 years.
  3. Carbon emissions reduction of 6.2 tonnes p.a. *
  4. Panels warranted to perform at minimum of 85% of day one efficiency after 25 years.

* Source: Emissions Calculator

“First and foremost ZEN provided a system which met our needs – substantially reducing our power bill and carbon footprint, and at our budget. But we were also impressed with their regular communication, consistently following up and keeping us fully informed throughout the process – even helping us secure a better deal on our grid provided power!”

Leyton Dowman, Managing Director, Jalco Ltd

About the project

Jalco Ltd is a leading wood processor in the Bay of Plenty region. Managing Director Leyton Dowman has an off-grid solar energy system at home and so already knew the benefits of rooftop solar power.

Wood processing is an electricity intensive industry, so Leyton came to ZEN Energy Systems seeking a cost-effective rooftop solar system to offset Jalco’s high power bills and reduce their carbon emissions in order to improve their environmental sustainability.

“Lowering our environmental impact was as important to us as lower power bills. ZEN’s system has delivered on both of these goals.”

How ZEN helped

ZEN conducted site visits and detailed analysis of Jalco’s electricity consumption patterns across each day over the whole calendar year.

It matched this usage with the solar generation forecasts from ZEN’s solar design software to ensure a system size which was optimised for Jalco’s exact needs.

Additionally, ZEN was able to use its relationships with power retailers to lower Jalco’s ‘grid’ rate and create further savings!

Actual screenshot of Jalco’s system producing 10kW at 8am and reaching 40kW by 11.30am – 04 February 2019

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Beep & Harry S

"It’s been great. We have noticed savings from the very start, the wine was nice I won’t lie. Our bills are 40-50% less."

Grant & Marilyn H

"I was skeptical about the savings at first, we are now saving over 50% on our power bills, summer ones have dropped from $450 to $200 and winter has gone from $660 down to $320. We are happy with how persistent Jake was, the results are great"

Bronwyn & John

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