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Project Summary 
System size4.18kW
Solar panel capacity190W
Daily average system output17.7kWh
Inverters1 x 4000TL


ZEN Energy installed a 4.18kW (22 panel) solar system on the roof of the Whyalla RSL in late 2012. At the time of installation, the system was expected to pay for itself within four years, saving the RSL a significant amount on its power costs and allowing them to redirect the savings into helping veterans.

About the project

The Whyalla RSL Club, on Essington Lewis Ave, formed in 1942. The RSL’s committee members were concerned about the impact the group’s ageing clubhouse was having on its running costs and therefore, its ability to help veterans.

To address this, the committee decided to develop a five-year plan to upgrade its clubhouse and cut overheads. High on the plan was solar panels, to tackle the impact rising electricity costs were having on the RSL’s overhead costs.

Former Whyalla RSL secretary David Templeton was given the task of project managing the RSL’s solar panel installation. He researched solar panel suppliers online and then had three companies provide written quotes, however, ZEN’s professionalism stood out, he said.

How the system works

ZEN Energy installed a 4.18kW solar system on the roof of the RSL in late 2012. ZEN’s highly qualified sales staff identified the pitch of the RSL’s roof was enough that extra framing was not needed, further saving the RSL money.

The electricity generated by the 22 panels is used by the RSL to power its clubhouse. Any extra electricity is fed back into the grid.

Project outcomes

ZEN Energy installed the Whyalla RSL’s solar system on time and on the budget. Mr Templeton was full of praise for ZEN Energy, saying their attention to detail was outstanding.

Mr Templeton also said the RSL’s savings on its power costs would be redirected into helping veterans.

“After the system was installed they followed it up to make sure we were happy, and if we needed them, they promptly called us back. I cannot speak highly enough of ZEN Energy”

David Templeton | Former Whyalla RSL Secretary

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