Case Study: Northlakes Tavern

Blog | December 6th, 2023

Quick Look:

System size: 99kW
Annual output: 377MWh
CO2 reduction: 267 tonnes
Projected annual savings: $23,170
ROI: 3.2 years


About Northlakes Tavern

Northlakes Tavern is situated on the Pacific Highway at Charmhaven on the picturesque NSW central coast. The doors opened in August 2007 and the pub quickly became a favourite local watering hole. Northlakes Tavern features a Bistro, Gold A rated TAB, 24 LCD TV’s and 11 large plasma screens.


The Challenge

Northlakes Tavern made the strategic decision to transition to solar for various reasons, aiming to make a resounding eco-friendly impact and markedly decrease the reliance on traditional energy sources. This shift is poised to result in considerable long-term cost savings.

Looking forward, Northlakes Tavern plans to reinvest these savings into elevating customer experiences within the bistro and sports bar.

For Northlakes Tavern, embracing solar power goes beyond carbon footprint reduction; it’s a deliberate move to align their brand with principles of environmental responsibility and economic efficiency.


The Solution

Northlakes Tavern strategically partnered with Solar Energy Enterprises, leveraging our proven expertise in deploying large-scale solar systems. The process kicked off with a comprehensive energy audit, meticulously analysing Northlakes Tavern’s energy consumption patterns, identifying peak usage times, and pinpointing areas for optimisation.

Following this, a tailor-made solar system was meticulously designed to meet the unique needs of the tavern. This included strategic placement of solar panels, considering factors like sunlight exposure and available space.


The panels selected for the Northlakes Tavern installation were the CS3L-365MS (IEC1000V) 365W Canadian Solar Panel.

Canadian Solar is committed to providing high quality solar products, solar system solutions and services to customers around the world and achieved the accolade of Number 1 module supplier for quality and performance/price ratio in IHS Module Customer Insight Survey. As a leading PV project developer and manufacturer of solar modules with over 40 GW deployed around the world since 2001.

The CS3L-365MS (IEC1000V) panels were chosen due to the following features:

  • 26 % higher power than conventional modules
  • Up to 2.7 % lower system cost
  • Better shading tolerance
  • Lower internal current, lower hot spot temperature


At Northlakes Tavern, we installed the HUAWEI SUN2000-100kTL-M1 inverter. One of the most versatile smart string inverters on the market, the SUN2000-100kTL-M1 is ideal for commercial applications.

The Huawei SUN2000-100KTL-M1 inverter offers numerous advantages, including overvoltage protection, ten independent MPP trackers and a low noise level thanks to modern active cooling. The maximum efficiency reaches an astonishing 98.8 percent, ensuring a high yield during operation.


The Results

The results of installing solar at the Northlakes Tavern have been both instant and incredible.

  1. Immediate Cost Savings: The implementation of solar energy systems led to immediate cost savings, with annual electricity cost reductions of $23,170.
  2. Impressive ROI: The return on investment (ROI) for the Ambarvale Hotel solar projects is just 3.2 years, providing a substantial return on their initial investment.
  3. Sustainable Energy: With a CO2 reduction of 267 tonnes, this is the equivalent of planting 4,530 trees or taking 75 cars off the road for an entire year.

Tavern’s strategic move to embrace solar technology goes beyond mere sustainability—it stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility. This decision has translated into substantial annual savings on electricity costs, reinforcing their dedication to both green initiatives and fiscal prudence.

With solar energy playing a pivotal role in meeting a substantial portion of their power requirements, Northlakes Tavern is steadily advancing towards its environmental objectives while concurrently reaping the rewards of improved financial returns.

Interested in knowing how much your business could be saving with solar? Contact us today for a no obligation quote.


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