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Project Summary 
System size30kW
Number of solar panels156 x 190W
Inverters2 x 15000 Tri-Power
Daily average system output130kWh solar contribution per day


ZEN Energy installed a 30kW (156 panel) solar system on the roof of the Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home in late 2012. At the time of installation, the system was covering one-third of the centre’s power needs.

About the project

The Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home is a modern aged care centre located in picturesque Port Lincoln. The centre has 74 rooms, which includes a 23-bed unit catering specifically to the needs of cognitively challenged residents. Each room has its own ensuite and most have reverse cycle air conditioning. The complex also offers 37 independent living units for people aged 65 and over.

CEO Dawn Suter was concerned about the impact rising electricity bills were having on the centre’s running costs. She decided to research installing a solar system to help protect the complex on the Lower Eyre Peninsula from ever increasing power costs.

Ms. Suter researched several solar companies, searching for one that was reputable and reliable. She said ZEN’s trustworthy and reliable reputation in Port Lincoln convinced her to choose ZEN.

How the system works

The 156 panels are fixed to the roof of the Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home, on Flinders Highway. The power generated by the panels is used by the centre, with any electricity not used exported back to the grid.

Project outcomes

ZEN’s specialist team installed the 156-panel solar system on time and on the budget. The at the time of installation, the system was on track to be covering one-third of the Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home’s power needs, helping to future-proof the centre and its residents from rising electricity costs.

“I was convinced by ZEN Energy’s trustworthy and reliable reputation in Port Lincoln”

Dawn Suter | CEO, Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home

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