Two state-of-the-art children and family centres in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs have eliminated three-quarters of their energy costs during winter with insulation, solar panels and Redflow batteries.
The Knox Children and Family Centres at Wantirna South, which opened in January 2019, and Bayswater, which opened in March, each contain 100 kilowatts peak (kWp) of photovoltaic solar panels and 18 Redflow ZBM2 batteries, storing as much as 180 kilowatt-hours of energy. They also include innovative insulation and thermal sealing to retain heat in winter and cooling in summer.
The performance of the integrated solar panel and battery systems in their first months exceeded Council’s expectations, generating 75 per cent of the power requirements for both of the hubs during winter. The installation of the solar array and batteries is anticipated to save Council an estimated $110,000 – $120,000 per annum at each facility, delivering a total annual saving of $220,000-$240,000. Continue reading “Knox children centres cut 75% of energy costs in winter with Redflow batteries”