Australian solar PV manufacturer targets gap in the market: redeployable arrays

Solar panel startup Solpod has received Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) support and will install its novel redeployable pods at 25 commercial and government buildings.

Solpod, which manufactures at Dandenong, was established in 2017, and its point of difference is its relocatable solar pods, which do not penetrate a roof. According to the company, its racking and mounting system, which uses an adhesive foam, enables large-scale owners to easily redeploy the 12-panel pods. This “enables commercial property owners to invest in a 20-year asset (solar systems) while mitigating the risk of 5-year commercial leases.”

Being able to easily re-install these arrays elsewhere was an unanswered market need, co-founder Larratt Walker told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“We often look at the asset operating for over 20 years but businesses can’t really commit to that, it is a very long time,” he said. 

“Renters, in particular, are signing leases of five years.”

Last week ARENA announced it had committed $975,000 towards a project to install Solapod’s arrays at 25 sites in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. The trial, with partner ERM Power, represented a total installed capacity of almost 2.5 MW at “shopping centres, commercial and government buildings”.

The March quarter saw almost 500 MW in installed capacity added to Australian rooftops, a record.


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