LLewellyn Motors

Australia’s largest privately owned solar and smart battery rooftop power station

Australia’s largest privately owned solar and smart battery rooftop power station is a suburban car dealership, Llewellyn Motors in Ipswich, Queensland.

1,237 solar panel system utilising its available roof space, and with a lease secured by power purchase agreement it was cash flow positive from day one.

Case details

Client name:
Llewellyn Motors
Location:
Booval QLD 4304

Llewellyn Motors uses a lot of power through lighting and air-conditioning for multiple large showrooms, plus for all its computers, workshops and service areas.

Planet Ark Power planned the complex installation over multiple buildings, each with a completely different type of roof. This had to occur while dealership was still operational and selling cars.

Planet Ark Power created Australia’s largest privately owned solar and smart battery rooftop power station for Llewellyn Motors consisting of:

  • 340 KW of rooftop solar (consisting of 1,232 REC solar panels) + 76 KWh of batteries (batteries are scheduled to be installed in late 2018).
  • Utilises 2 x dSTATCOM units, Elevare control software and 12 Schneider Electric inverters to control voltage and allow energy export.
  • Estimated to generate 422,709 kWh of power, 47% of site’s annual load.
    On Sundays, when the dealership is closed, dSTATCOM enabled the excess solar to be exported and sold on the grid to generate income for the dealership.

The Planet Ark Power installation was cash flow positive from day one. Llewellyn Motors have their system under an operating lease and after 5 years will own it outright. The dealership has electricity price and supply security for the next 20 to 25 years.

The dealership is projected to save $2 million on energy bills over 20 years. The power station is also expected to reduce the dealership’s carbon footprint by 8,400 tonnes. Roughly the same volume of emissions as produced by 280 cars over their entire driving lifespan!

Testimonial

By taking leadership with solar generation we’ve reduced our footprint for ourselves and for our customers.

Wade Llewellyn, Dealer Principal, Llewellyn Motors