As pressure grew for them to sell their farms, a
locally-based installer of solar energy systems set out to demonstrate
that solar energy could make a significant contribution to the
sustainability of their farming.
Mark Yates, owner of Yates Electrical Services, coming from the same area, demonstrated to one of the farmers how this land can be used economically with a solar
plant to ensure constant energy harvest and profitability. Not only
could farmers significantly reduce their own energy costs, but they
could also sell surplus power to the local energy retailer,taking
advantage of the volatility of the wholesale energy market.
As he sought to build local support for his innovative approach Mark
called on ABB, knowing that their experience and high level of technical
support would help win the confidence of the farmers.
He trusted ABB’s technical expertise and reliability and knew that ABB would provide a high level of local support and training. The first solar farms developed in the Riverland employed six 27 kW ABB
TRIO Inverters, housed in an on-site containerised solution, which was
later reconfigured to take advantage of the versatility and durability
of the ABB Trio-50 inverters.
Now ABB is playing a key role in bringing sustainable renewable energy
to the region and revitalising the local economy, throwing a lifeline to
grape and citrus growers.
Working in partnership with ABB, Mark built on the success of his first
project to encourage more farmers in the Riverland area to follow the
same approach by adopting solar energy. The first installation has
inspired an innovative community solar project called Redmud Green
Energy, which involves building small-scale solar farms on vacant,
redundant agricultural land parcels.