Latrobe University

4.5MW rooftop solar and carports

Solar PV Owners Engineer

Owners Engineer for Solar Programs: rooftop, ground mount and carports. Feasibility, procurement management, quality control, superintendent

Key Achievements:

  • Owners Engineer for 2.5MW solar on complex HV network over 30 LV connections.
  • Owners Engineer for 900kW solar carport project on two regional campuses.
  • Owners Engineer for 500kW PV system on new build.
  • Feasibility and tender design for behind the meter 3.5MW solar and 3MW battery project.


Technical design file of a solar and smart energy system.

Project Scope

  • Scoping, technical feasibility, financial modelling.
  • Concept design and preliminary grid connection application.
  • Tender documentation, management and evaluation.
  • Owners engineers and/or project superintendent.
  • Post installation auditing.
  • Asset management and monitoring.

Project Details

  • 2MW solar PV system on complex high voltage network with 30 separate low voltage connection points.
  • 4 separate carport systems with a total capacity 1.1MW.
  • 262kW complex roof top system at a regional campus, with multiple AC connections.
  • 286kW rooftop system at a regional campus, with multiple AC connections and complex protection controls.
  • 500kW rooftop system on a new build.
  • Multiple commercial systems under 100kW at smaller regional campuses.

A man working on electrical schematics at an ergonomic desk
A man working on solar panels on a roof

Project Challenges

  • Ensuring existing and proposed safe roof hardware is fit for purpose following the solar installation.
  • Complex roof areas, electrical networks and grid connection controls.
  • Management of solar head contractors, with various sub-contractors utilised for installation and associated difficulties to ensure safety, quality and communication.
  • Management of scope changes and variation claims from the solar contractors.
  • Quality issues with design, documentation and installation; and associated management of defects.
  • Engagement and communication with various University stakeholders.

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