A 4.59kW solar grid system was installed. 8 of the 18 panels were turned into a ground mounted feature acting as a bicycle shelter.
The panels forming the bicycle shelter were donated by the solar panel manufacturer Q.Cells. The 5kW SMA inverter which displays the output of the bike shelter independently for the house panels was donated by SMA Australia.
The output of the solar system will be monitored and it is expected to see slightly different production figures from the bicycle shelter and the roof installation per kW peak installed due to different tilt angles. The bicycle shelter has a shallower pitch and it is expected to generate approx. 3% per kW peak installed less. The solar panels on the roof are ideal for our latitude.
The total cost was $13,500 plus $850 for the steel to construct the bicycle shelter frame