SCE Energy Solutions installs the largest Tigo Energy optimised rooftop solar at De Bortoli Wines in Bilbul NSW. 

De Bortoli Wines is Australia’s 6th largest overall and second largest family winery located 6.5 hours west of Sydney in Bilbul. The installation involved the installation of solar to three main switchboards (MSBs) on multiple roofs throughout the site.  

Before working with SCE Energy Solutions and Tigo Energy, they had installed 250kW almost a decade ago and had firsthand experience of the issues associated with Legacy solar, fault finding, etc. like all wineries they also suffer from a mould that attaches to the rooflines and subsequently to the solar panels.

Before starting the project we had many issues with roof structure integrity and available roofs near the correct MSB. New build purlin spacing caught us out with mounting engineering having to be completed on the run seeing 500+ panels requiring three rail installations and the tilted panels to the new sheds needing a tripod tilt system in place of standard tilt legs.

The largest part of the system on the new twin sheds showed us ample space to install the array with no power cables to the MSBs. We had to run 3.1km of large 150mm cables underground, overhead and along buildings back to two separate MSBs in two different locations to complete the inverter connections.  

De Bortoli is a forward-thinking company that adopts early technologies that assist with achieving its 10% energy reduction target each year. They have been looking to increase their existing 250kW system for some time although now was the correct time to install a solar system to cover their site baseline given the recent large increases in energy costs. The new solar system will cover 30-35% of their total energy usage and when in full generation will see the three MSBs the solar is connected to powered completely from the sun.

De Bortoli Wines and SCE Energy Solutions
De Bortoli Wines and SCE Energy Solutions

Having Tigo optimisation and monitoring will enable the highest PV system output. Optimization will allow them to mitigate string performance through individual panels being affected worse than others and the monitoring will allow them to see when panels are in need of a wash. The safety of rapid shutdown and the PV off buttons at every inverter station also gave them peace of mind when installing to most of their buildings and for servicing.  

Tigo Energy Intelligence enables SCE Energy Solutions to view site performance down to each individual module. In addition, SCE and customers view the incremental energy production enabled by Tigo optimisers, shown in the stacked green bars.

Tigo Fleet Management Software deployed by SCE Enery Solutions monitors over 20,000 modules from one dashboard.
Tigo Energy, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent solar and energy storage solutions, today announced that long-time customer SCE Energy Solutions has deployed Tigo Fleet Manager, an extension to the Tigo Energy Intelligence (EI) platform, featuring a powerful interactive dashboard that provides rich and actionable system performance data from the fleet down to the module level. SCE Energy Solutions (SCE) uses Tigo EI Fleet Manager to uncover and operationalize sophisticated insights about the growing fleet of solar systems in its care to deliver the highest possible standards of performance, reliability, financial stability, and safety to its customers.

With more than 3.44 million photovoltaic installations deployed, the installers behind Australia’s growing solar energy sector need advanced solutions to deploy, monitor, and manage constantly expanding portfolios of customer solar systems. As a Tigo Energy customer for over a decade, SCE now uses the EI Fleet Manager to monitor system performance and manage operations and maintenance (O&M) across the more than 20,000 solar modules deployed in its fleet of customer systems by operationalizing system performance data down to the individual component and fully using customizable groupings of systems by common attributes like equipment type, location, size, or status.

“Tigo Fleet Manager has been a game-changer for us because it provides unprecedented visibility into our customer fleet, allowing us to deliver on our system performance commitments and offering valuable new services,” said Jon De Martin, CEO at SCE Energy Solutions. “As our solar portfolio continues to grow, it would have been nearly impossible to consolidate the countless data points we rely on to deliver best-in-class customer service. Beyond performance monitoring, we now have such fine-grained visibility into the hardware we’ve deployed that it has completely transformed our operations and maintenance. Tigo EI Fleet Manager, combined with the TS4 MLPE platform, allows us to deliver superior performance as we grow into more and larger solar systems.”

SCE customer De Bortoli Wines is Australia’s 6th largest overall and second largest family winery. With the goal of 10% energy reduction per year, the winemaker engaged SCE to update and expand its optimized solar generation capacity to 1.15MW. The new system comprises more than 2,200 solar modules, including the existing ones, yielding De Bortoli Wines a system that now offers protection to first responders with rapid shutdown, Tigo optimization to protect system performance from module soiling issues common to winery operations, and module-level monitoring for detailed insight to system performance. Through the Tigo EI Fleet Manager, SCE leverages sophisticated new data visualizations designed to elevate what is actionable, reduce alert fatigue, and present installers with an intuitive interface that tracks critical operational, production, and consumption data across all modules at the De Bortoli site.

“We are a sustainability-driven winery with a comprehensive plan to reduce our impact on the environment, and the large increases in energy costs of late only further validated the decision to expand our solar generation infrastructure aggressively,” said Tarek Heiland, head engineer at De Bortoli Wines. “SCE has been a great partner throughout the upgrade and expansion process, and we are excited to have the latest Tigo technology for safety and performance. This solar system now covers 30-35% of our total energy usage in full generation, and we could not be happier about this investment.”

From visibility into pending and in-progress installations to comprehensive system and production status indicators, the EI Fleet Manager offers system diagnosis and in-depth monitoring of more than a dozen critical health and performance metrics for deployed solar systems. With this level of visibility, Tigo EI Fleet Manager makes it easy to pinpoint and quickly deploy mitigations across devices from various vendors, from the system level down to the module. Tigo EI Fleet Manager supports all system sizes – including residential, commercial, and industrial solar deployments – and use cases, from large multi-system fleets to individual systems, in meeting their safety and financial goals. SCE  has deployed Tigo IE Fleet Manager across its entire portfolio of customer systems, including De Bortoli Wines, Planet Fitness, the headquarters of Komatsu, Australia, and more.

“We are delighted to see major solar installation companies like SCE fully exploit the power of energy data with EI Fleet Manager to improve the solar customer experience, deliver valuable new services, and streamline internal operations,” said Zvi Alon, CEO at Tigo Energy. “As the volume and fidelity of data produced by solar systems grow, so must the sophistication, speed, and ease with which that data can be turned into actionable information. Our fleet tools do exactly that, and the installers who make full use of them create benefits for their customers and their operations. We look forward to continuing our journey with SCE as they grow their business and  continue raising the bar for solar performance, reliability, and safety in Australia.”

For more information about Tigo EI Fleet Manager and how solar installers like SCE Energy Solutions leverage the platform to manage growing portfolios of customer installations, please read the case study here.

This article was written and published by Tigo Energy.

Gym owners are no strangers to high energy bills with the significant amounts of power required to keep the air conditioning on and equipment running. However, with the ever-increasing energy costs, more and more gym owners in Australia are turning to commercial solar systems to power their facilities. But is it worth the investment? 

In this blog, we’ll explore the key reasons why our customers, in particular gym owners, have been investing in commercial solar systems, including the long-term cost savings, positive environmental impact, reduced reliance on the grid, tax benefits and how they can enhance the value of your property. 

Here are six benefits of commercial solar systems for gym owners: 

1. Lower Energy Costs

One of the biggest advantages of commercial solar systems is that they can help you save money on your energy bills. This is especially important for gyms that use a lot of electricity, By generating your own electricity, you’ll be able to reduce your dependence on the grid and avoid costly peak energy rates. This means that your solar panels are paying themselves off in energy savings within 2.5 to 3.5 years!

2. Increased sustainability

If you’re committed to reducing your gym’s environmental impact, commercial solar systems are a great way to do it. Solar energy is clean, renewable, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions, so you’ll be able to run your gym with a much smaller carbon footprint. 

For example, the 97.2kw Tigo Energy Smart Solar System we installed at Planet Fitness Thuringowa in Northern Queensland is reducing 120, 240 kg of CO2 emissions every year.

Planet Fitness Thuringowa Solar Installation
3. Improved reputation 

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their choices on the environment. By installing a solar system, you’re demonstrating your commitment to sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint. This can enhance your reputation and attract customers who are looking for environmentally conscious businesses to support.

At SCE Energy Solutions, we provide you with an entire media package, including photos and videos of the installation, a carbon reduction certificate and a live solar website so you can showcase to your customers the conscious effort your business is making to become more sustainable. 

4. Significant Returns on Investment

While the initial investment in a solar system can appear significant, with extremely high energy rates some of our customers are paid these off in under 3 years. Firstly, it’s important to know that solar panels are built to last. Most manufacturers offer warranties ranging from 25 to 30 years, with the panels continuing to operate efficiently even after the warranty period. This means you can expect decades of clean energy generation and substantial savings on your energy bills. 

We conduct a thorough financial analysis to determine the specific ROI of a commercial solar system for your gym. We assess factors such as your energy consumption, available roof or ground space for solar panels, tax incentives, and system costs to provide accurate projections of the financial benefits and payback period. 

5. Enhanced property value 

Commercial solar systems can increase the value of your property! If you own the building that houses your gym, installing solar panels can make it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants. Solar panels are a highly desirable feature for businesses that are looking to reduce their environmental impact and energy costs, so having them installed can make your property more competitive in the market.

6. Tax Credits and Incentives

In addition to the savings on your energy bills, installing a commercial solar system can also make you eligible for tax credits and incentives. The Australian federal government offers several tax incentives and rebates to encourage businesses to invest in renewable energy, as well as some Australian states and Territories. 

To determine what incentives and rebates are available for your business, you can consult with our solar specialists to help you navigate the various options and requirements for your property here

Ready to slim your energy bills?  

In conclusion, installing a commercial solar system is an excellent way for gym owners to cut costs, improve energy reliability, enhance their reputation, and make a long-term investment in their business. 

If you’re interested in learning more about commercial solar systems for your gym, schedule a free consultation with our team who can assess your energy and help you design a custom system that meets your needs and budget. With the right system in place, you’ll be able to power up your gym while also powering up your commitment to sustainability. 

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Germany Now Produces Half Of Its Energy Using Solar » solar

Germany has set a new record, with solar power providing 50.6% of its electricity in the middle of the day on Monday June 9th. Solar production peaked that day at 23.1GW. Three days earlier it was 24.2GW between 1 and 2pm, but on the 9th demand was down for a public holiday, allowing the breaking of the psychological 50% barrier.

Reporting of the achievement has been quite inaccurate in some cases. Coverage has often confused electricity demand with total energy consumption, which properly includes heating and industrial uses of natural gas, although these would have been low on a warm public holiday. Headlines have often implied that the 50% threshold was exceeded for over a fortnight, rather than a single hour.

Nevertheless, the scale of the achievement is considerable. Germany is not a sunny place. Indeed more than 90% of the world’s population lives in countries with substantially more sunlight.

Germany Now Produces Half Of Its Energy Using Solar » solar
Even by European standards German solar panels have little to work with.

Consequently, it is wind, rather than solar, that has been the backbone of Germany’s Energiewende, the transition to renewable, non-polluting sources of power.

The shift to solar energy in Germany has not come cheap, with €16 billion of subsidies in 2013. However, by creating a level of demand that spurred mass manufacturing, Germany has played a large part in bringing the cost of solar panels down by 80% in five years, allowing other countries to follow in its footsteps for a fraction of the price, particularly those with more sunlight.

Moreover, where the initial stages of the move to wind were driven by government subsidies, solar power in Germany can now compete with fossil fuels on price alone, and continues to expand, albeit at a slower rate than a few years ago.

German solar production is up 34% compared to the same time last year as a result of both better weather and increased installations. While the first is unpredictable, increasing quantities of panels ensure that the 50% record will be breached again, probably this year.




The founders of the Solar Roadways project want to cover highways in thick, LED-lit glass.

There are nearly 18,000 square miles of roads in the U.S., an area that’s bigger than the entire states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined. By some estimates, there are also as many as 2 billion parking spaces. Since most of that pavement is soaking up sun all day long, a couple of entrepreneurs had an idea: Why not put it to use generating solar power?

The Solar Roadways project, now crowdfunding on Indiegogo, hopes to re-pave the country in custom, glass-covered solar panels that are strong enough to drive on while generating enough power to light the road, melt ice and snow, and send extra energy to cities. Eventually, if every paved surface was covered in the product, the panels would produce more power than the nation uses.

These solar roads could power an entire country » solar

The project began eight years ago, when founders Scott and Julie Brusaw decided to take a chance on developing an idea that no one thought would work. “Driving on glass had never been done,” says Scott Brusaw. “We had a few big hurdles in the beginning. How do you put a traction surface on glass so the first time it rains everybody doesn’t slide off the road? How do you make glass tough enough to withstand the weight of 18-wheelers? What happens if someone’s walking out of Home Depot and drops an eight-pound sledgehammer?”

Glass, it turns out, is stronger than you might think. “You first mention glass, people think of your kitchen window,” Brusaw says. “But think of bulletproof glass or bomb resistant glass. You can make it any way you want. Basically bulletproof glass is several sheets of tempered glass laminated together. That’s what we have, only our glass is a half inch thick, and tempered, and laminated.”

It’s strong enough to easily withstand cars, fully loaded trucks, and even 250,000-pound oil drilling equipment. The textured surface means it isn’t slippery, and since it can self-power small heaters inside to melt ice in winter, it’s supposedly safer than an ordinary road. It also powers small LED lights inside that can light up dividing lines and spell out warning messages–if motion sensors detect a deer crossing the road, the lights can automatically tell drivers to slow down.

At parking lots or rest stops along highways, the panels could power a continuous network of charging stations for electric cars. Eventually, the designers believe it may be possible to charge the cars directly through the road as they drive. In the future, driverless cars could also use the panels to continuously report their location.

Since the whole road is wired, it’s also easy to maintain: If one panel stops working, all of the other panels around it call a local repair shop with the exact location. “A guy can come out and repair it in five minutes,” Brusaw says. “Compare that to pothole repair.”

Using the $1 million they hope to raise on Indiegogo, the company plans to hire more engineers and continue refining the current product, testing it first on parking lots and smaller roads before moving on to highways across the entire country. Hunting down the funding to cover the U.S. (or even a significant portion) in solar roadways, however, will be an insanely big challenge.

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Rooftop solar powers past new milestone


More than 3 gigawatts of solar power has now been installed on Australian rooftops, which will produce enough energy over the next year to run Melbourne’s entire train network for more than a decade, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said in an address to the Energy Efficiency Council’s national conference today.

Mr Green said official Clean Energy Regulator figures this week showed more than 3 gigawatts of solar power had been installed across the country, with almost a third of this coming from Queensland alone.

“Household solar power gives consumers more control of their power bills by letting them generate their own electricity from the sun. And it helps to reduce the cost of our entire energy system on hot days when people everywhere have turned on their air-conditioners,” he said.

“It has started to change the way we look at energy.”

Analysis released by specialist solar consultancy Sunwiz today shows that more than 1.15 million Australian households have installed rooftop solar, with Queensland the national leader. Approximately 360,000 Queensland homes now have solar power, with NSW the next best on 252,000.

According to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator, the 3 gigawatts of solar power installed will produce more than 4000 gigawatt-hours over the next 12 months. This is the equivalent of:
•    Powering the Sydney Opera House for the next 230 years
•    Running Canberra’s Parliament House for more than 160 years
•    Lighting up the MCG continuously for almost 520 years
•    Producing more than 1050 toasted sandwiches for every Australian using a standard sandwich press.

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