Contact Group’s Hobart Branch
This 40-kW system comprised of 108 solar panels was expertly installed this month and was a great learning opportunity for several apprentices.
Creating green, energy efficient offices is hugely important to Contact Group, and was part of the reason we built a new Hobart premises in 2021.
Energy efficient materials were used throughout the Federal Street building, including a Metroll bondor roofing system (insulated roofing panels with a lightweight expanded polystyrene core), a Daikin VRF heating and cooling system with a centralised controller, and a range of LED lights operated via a DALI control system.
Contact Group’s Managing Director and Electrical Power Engineer, Wade Fromberg, said the new 40kW solar system should generate an estimated 50,000kWh of power per year, and was the equivalent of planting about 924 trees each year.
“All businesses should be looking to implement renewable energy technology, to limit their environmental footprint, and ensure their sustainability into the future,” he said.
“This is expected to save Contact Group about $10,000 per year, with a similar system already installed on the roof of our Launceston branch,” he said.
It was fitting that this hugely important project for our Hobart branch was led by our very first Hobart employee, Boran Stankovic, who commenced work at Contact in 2005 when we expanded the business statewide.
His team has done a brilliant job and we’re so excited to lead by example when it comes to renewable energy and sustainability.
This year Contact Group won NECA Tasmania’s Green Energy Excellence Award for our design and installation of a new Solar Array and Battery Storage facility on Maria Island, which has brought much more efficient and reliable power to the whole island.
Contact Group was engaged by the Department of Parks & Wildlife to design and deliver the system on the World Heritage Listed Island, replacing an old diesel generator at the Darlington precinct.
The new ground-mount solar system provides a solar array capacity of 55kW and a BESS capacity of 215kWh, providing a minimum of two days battery autonomy.
Throughout the project Contact Group demonstrated clever design initiatives to limit environmental impact on the World Heritage site.