Llewellyn Motors

Bayside College is a public, multi-campus, co-educational P-12 school in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2019, a 200kW clean energy solution comprising 599 solar panels and 6 inverters was installed at Bayside College, spread across both the Paisley and Altona North Campuses.

Bayside College


Customer name:

Llewellyn Motors


Booval QLD 4304



System size:

333.80 kW

Case Study

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!

Llewellyn Motors
Bayside College Solar Installation

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

Wade Llewellyn, Dealer Principal, Llewellyn Motors.