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Melbourne manufacturer installs Australia’s largest smart solar array

Upsolar has just completed Australia’s largest solar array featuring smart modules: a 98.6-kW rooftop project atop a Hilton Manufacturing facility in Dandenong South, Victoria.

The smart array—which will power Hilton Manufacturing’s sheet metal fabrication plant— includes 340 of Upsolar’s smart modules with power optimisation from Tigo Energy, as well as inverter technology provided by ABB. 

Additionally, the system is equipped with Hilton Manufacturing’s dual-axis sun trackers, making this Australia’s largest commercial PV system with tracking capabilities.

“By combining the performance-enhancing capabilities of power optimisation and sun tracking, this system serves as an undeniable demonstration of the true potential of solar power,” said Maree Viotto, Upsolar’s Australia Country Manager. 

“This array signifies a new era of solar innovation for Australia, and we commend all the parties involved for their commitment to fostering development in this ripe market.”The system is supported by an on-site weather station that monitors wind speed to protect the array during periods of high winds. A live webcam also allows viewers to remotely observe the performance of the system.

“Our collaboration with Upsolar, Tigo and ABB presented a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of Australia’s most advanced solar technologies, while also cutting the electricity costs for our facility,” said Jacques Esper of Hilton Manufacturing. “This system is one for the record books, and we can’t wait to show off its impressive performance—and stellar ROI.”

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