De Bortoli Winery - 100kW

Over the past few years De Bortoli Wines has changed their thinking and approach to growing grapes and making wine. Climate change has brought with it an urgent imperative to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. De Bortoli's future lies in looking after the health of our soils and plants and carefully managing precious water resources.  The Winery is seriously committed to this new approach going beyond mandatory requirements.  They are adopting a wide range of innovative programs and practices including; 
Water management, biological farming, adoption of renewable energy at a number of their vineyards, and a careful overhaul of the company's packaging and waste management practices. The ultimate – and achievable – goal is to be a 'Zero Waste Wine Company'.

Focusing on Renewable Energy AEES Group was engaged to design, install and commission a ground mount 100 kW Solar PV system for the Winery restaurant at Dixons Creek. The array has been custom-designed and mounted on a 35° north facing hillside  adjacent to the restaurant car park. While sustainability is primary motivation, their current electricity tariff increase in 2018 of over 100% also provided significant incentive.

Due to the profile of the restaurant load, the system is designed to have a high impact of up to 60% grid derived energy reduction. The annual saving against their current tariff will be reduced by around $40,000 per year. The Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) will drop from 28.1 c/kWh to around 10 c/kWh. The high impact is enhanced by the daytime load profile of the restaurant operations.


AEES used the Sunpower P-19 325 watt modules coupled with SolarEdge DC Optimisation with the aim of maximising system production, with a 25-Year Change out back-to-back warranty.

Location: Dixons Creek, Vic
Solar System Size: 100 kWp 
Fixing Method: Ground Mounted, true north
Technology: 325 watt SunPower Smart Modules / Solaredge 3-Phase Inverters /DC Optmisation supporting Individual Module monitoring and maintenance

Annual Energy Production: 130 MWh
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: 139 Metric Tonnes of CO2

Old Oak Orchard - 100 kWp Solar Power Plant

Old Oak Orchards is a premium apple, cherry and berry grower supplying produce to Melbourne's top-end independent retailers and restaurants. The owners Andrew & Gavin Corbett have three separate farms over 70 Hectares located in the beautiful Yarra Valley region of Victoria. 

Andrew & Gavin trusted in AEES Group to supply, install and commission the largest system ever adopted in the region. The system is utilising the latest technology available on the market with Trina 'Smart Modules' allowing individual module and inverter monitoring and increased system yield. AEES Group were able to successfully negotiate the system through with the local Network Distributor via the installation of a new protection relay board, the first of it's kind installed in the area. Due to this the project was delivered on time and within budget. 


Location: Seville, VIC
System Size: 100.0 kWp
Roof Fixing Method: Tilt mounted, true north
Technology: Trina Smart Modules / ABB TRIO Inverters / Individual Module & Inverter Monitoring Platform 
Annual Energy Production: 212.12 MWh 
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: 139 Metric Tonnes of CO2

Kathmandu Distribution Centre - 100 kWp Solar Power Plant

Kathmandu are a leading retailer of clothing and equipment for travel and adventure in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The team at Kathmandu have a firm corporate social responsibility strategy, holding environmental action as one of their core values.
When construction started on their new Melbourne Distribution Centre energy efficiency and renewable generation were a key component. The AEES Group in conjunction with their builder Qanstruct tailored an innovative smart module solution utilising the very best technology with Trina's latest 'Smart' module chosen in conjunction with ABB inverters. With only two weeks designated in the construction process to deliver the project our team meticulously planned out the installation and procurement time-frames to ensure budget and construction targets were met.


Location: Truganina, VIC
System Size: 100.0 kWp
Roof Fixing Method: Tilt mounted, true north
Technology: Trina Smart Modules / ABB TRIO Inverters / Individual Module & Inverter Monitoring Platform 
Annual Energy Production: 213.12 MWh 
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: 140 Metric Tonnes of CO2

IGA - 100 kWp Solar PV System

Working with the Property Owner and their financial planners, AEES Group provided a solution to support energy cost reduction as well as improve sustainability for the tenant operating the successful IGA.


Location: Albury, NSW
Solar System Size: 100 kWp
Roof Fixing Method: Tilt, True North
Technology: 330 watt Trina Smart / Solaredge 3-Phase Inverters /DC Optmisation supporting Individual Module monitoring and maintenance

Monitoring Annual Energy Production: 173 MWh
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: 156 Metric Tonnes of CO2

Rylands of Hawthorn - 100 kW

Rylands of Hawthorn is a luxurious retirement village offering independent living in the heart of one of Melbourne's most sought-after precincts. Providing the services and amenities for a vast range of independent and comfortable lifestyles for a large four level, 84 dwelling complex requires a significant demand for energy, with site-wide electricity bills of over $120,000 per annum. While also being at the mercy of rising tariffs, to help put a dint in these electricity costs, AEES Group installed a 100 kW DC Optimised solar embedded generator at the Hawthorn facility.

By utilising Sunpower P19 modules, along with SolarEdge DC Optimisers, a 20-30% reduction in grid electricity consumption and corresponding costs is expected for the site. In addition to enhancing module efficiency, DC optimisation provides real-time panel-level performance monitoring and improved maintenance ability through panel-level fault detection.


Location: Hawthorn, Vic
Solar System Size: 100 kWp 
Roof Fixing Method: Flat mounted
Technology: 380 watt Sunpower Modules / SolarEdge 3-Phase Inverters / DC Optimisation supporting Individual Module monitoring and maintenance
Annual Energy Production: 129 MWh
Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: 138 Metric Tonnes of CO2

Cairnlea Town Centre – 50 kWp DC Optimised Solar Power Plant

Working with our embedded network partner - Urbis Electrical, a 50 kWp solar power plant was installed for the Cairnlea Town Centre, hosting Coles Supermarket, Australia Post and 30 other local businesses. The system is initially aimed at offsetting common area electricity, with the net benefit allowing the property owner to better leverage their embedded network investment  while also offering their tenants a lower rate for common area electricity. 


Location: Cairnlea, VIC
System Size: 50 kWp
Roof Fixing Method: Non-penetrative Kliplok mounting, tilt mounted true north
Technology: Trina Smart Modules (DC Optimised)/ABB TRIO Inverters/Individual Module & Inverter Monitoring Platform
Anual Energy Production: 79.2 MWh

Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction: 74 Metric Tonnes of CO2