Aldi Australia to trial rooftop solar

Australian commercial solar project developer Epho has won a contract to install the first rooftop solar PV system on an Aldi store in Australia.

The 92.3 kW system will be installed on the store in Tweed Heads, Queensland as part of Aldi’s trial of rooftop PV for its Australian operations, Epho said.

PV modules from Taiwanese manufacturer Winaico and microinverters from US-based Enphase will be used.

Under the terms of the contract, Epho will provide turn-key service from initial site inspection to operation and maintenance.

Luke Butterworth, Epho’s operations manager, said the installation “will need to happen in an almost ‘ghost-like’ manner, with minimal disturbance to the normal operation of the Aldi store”.

An Aldi Australia spokesperson was quoted by Epho as saying: “Energy management and sustainability is part of what we do ” from store design, construction and operation, to supplier arrangements, transportation and warehouses.

“We will closely monitor this new trial at Aldi Tweed Heads in a bid to continue to identify and implement cost-effective opportunities and do our part for the future of our environment.”

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