Yarroweyah Engineering

Much of our work comes via referral. In 2015, one of our commercial clients passed on the details of her father, Graeme Hargreaves – the Managing Director of Yarroweyah Engineering. Yarroweyah is a small town just east of Cobram in Victoria’s north. Graeme’s business manufactures rotary milking platforms, and has done so since 1984.

When we first spoke with Graeme, his electricity bills ranged between $9,000 and $10,000 per month, with almost no significant usage out of daylight hours. Although this usage could have meant installing more than 100kW, we suggested starting with 100kW and utilising the government grant to its full extent. This would allow Graeme to see how well solar could work for him, have the system cost reduced by the small-scale grants, and then consider the option of adding more in the future.

Graeme’s roof is pitched east and west, and the bulk of Yarroweyah Engineering’s usage is during the day. We installed all 400 panels on tilt frames facing north, giving the operation the longest, most consistent generation through the day.

Within the first spring / summer period, Graeme’s electricity bills had dropped to around $5,000 per month, virtually halving his previous costs. Over the last four years, Yarroweyah Engineering has now saved over $100,000 in electricity costs and Graeme is very pleased with his solar investment.

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