CBH looks to solar power

27 Feb, 2015 01:00 AM
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CBH Group has entered into a supply supply contract with Perth clean energy company EMC to engineer, procure and construct three large solar power generators at their grain handling and workshop facilities at Bibra Lake, Geraldton and Forrestfield.

The total investment exceeds $1 million and is likely the largest single non-grant or subsidy supported investment in distributed solar generation business sites in WA.

EMC CEO John Davidson said the company was delighted to have been awarded the high profile project.

“We admire CBH’s courageous leadership in opting to deploy de-centralised solar generation as a means of managing spiralling grid energy costs,” Mr Davidson said.

“We are seeing more and more WA businesses looking at implementing this energy solution that delivers real economic bank-ability.”

The three installations will use EMC’s purpose-built, proprietary carport structures, roof mount and rapid deployment ground-mount framing, and generate around 300,000kWh of energy every year for the next 25 years.

CBH’s category manager Ross Engel said CBH began studying solar about three years ago, and during that time, EMC had been helping with engineering and financial modelling.

“In 2013, we ran a trial with solar providers and EMC’s engineering and construction capabilities were easily recognised. In awarding this contract we are investing in a real economic model that may be the pathway to further expansion of our energy independence,” he said.

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