Freedom Foods take solar leap to become more sustainable

Thursday, 12 November, 2020 | Supplied by: FIMER Australia

Freedom Foods Group is an Australian-owned company with a portfolio of brands across cereals, snacks, dairy, plant-based and nutritional products that are distributed around the world.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, the company identified its Shepparton site in Victoria for the start of its solar and battery transition last year.

The 3.8 MW solar and 500 kW/1250 kWh battery project was designed, installed and commissioned by AEES Group, an end-to-end energy management company. AEES Group selected FIMER as one of its technology partners for the project.

Freedom Food Group’s Shepparton site is a high-voltage (HV) 22 kV site.

AEES Group designed the solution, so its solar generation is fed into three HV skids via FIMER’s 1500 V PVS-175 string inverters, which connect into the site’s HV transformers.

The company said the project was the first in Australia to employ FIMER’s largest string inverters.

The 3.8 MW solar project was built over three stages. When completed in February 2020, a total of 18 PVS-175 three-phase string inverters were installed and commissioned.

Richard Martin, Managing Director of AEES Group, said he was extremely impressed with the FIMER solution.

“FIMER’s PVS-175 was the ideal choice for delivering this landmark project,” he said.

“The flexibility and power specifications this inverter could deliver, coupled with FIMER’s technical know-how and experience, meant we were able to meet our customer’s expectations and deliver a superior and reliable solution.”

FIMER said its unique approach with the PVS-175 also offers 1500 VDC and 800 VAC. Due to the higher AC and DC voltage, the solution can provide cost savings, with increased return on investment. The solution is also plug and play, which enables faster installation to meet project timings.

The solar and battery solution will see 5.36 GWh produced annually, which equates to an emission reduction of approximately 5500 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.

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