THE Byford Flour Mill is expected to save more than $34,000 a year on energy bills as part of a solar-powered pilot project announced by the State Government.
Energy Minister Mike Nahan said a 100 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system, made up of 1110 solar panels, had been installed at the Byford flour mill as Synergy’s first commercial solar PV customer.
Dr Nahan said the pilot project would provide important lessons for the future and help the Byford business become more sustainable and energy efficient.
“This pilot will allow us to understand more about how solar PV can help shift business production, which in this case occurs mostly overnight due to energy costs,” he said.
In just one month, the flour mill could generate enough solar to power half of the average household for an entire year.
The estimated annual carbon savings from the flour mill solar PV system equates to taking 38 vehicles off WA roads each year
“As part of this trial, Synergy will monitor the solar output data to ensure the Byford flour mill is getting the most out of their system and determine how future technologies can complement commercial PV systems to bring more benefits to businesses, Dr Nahan said.
“Synergy is also working with the mill on a suite of energy optimisation initiatives to manage its power needs.”