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PV-ezRack by Clenergy Proves Resilience as SolarTerrace III-A Withstands Severe Tropical Cyclone Ilsa in Western Australia

Monday August 14, 2023 at 10:15 am

In the face of the devastating Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Ilsa (TC Ilsa) that struck a key pit-stop for travellers along Western Australia’s Kimberley coast, the solar ground mount frame SolarTerrace III-A by Clenergy defied the odds and once again demonstrated its remarkable durability, reaffirming its well-deserved reputation for being built to last.

    Before Cyclone Ilsa 

With extreme wind gusts reaching up to 274 kilometres per hour, TC Ilsa caused a destructive impact when it made landfall in the early hours of 13 April, unleashing damaging winds and wreaking havoc. The Pardoo Roadhouse and Tavern, a popular service station and eatery approximately 130km west of Port Hedland, bore the full force of the storm’s impact. Powerlines were brought down, trees toppled, and the establishment suffered significant damage.

“We are all still a bit shaken and emotional to see the damage from Cyclone Ilsa. She may have wiped us out, but she can’t take away our spirit,” wrote Kelly Anne Martinez, management of Pardoo Roadhouse, on Facebook. “We face a massive clean-up with plans to rebuild. It looks like we have $4 million worth of damage.”

Despite the destructive force of the cyclone, the PV-ezRack SolarTerrace III-A system demonstrated its resilience and remained intact. The system, manufactured from high-quality structural grade and anodised 6005-T5 Aluminium alloy with 304 stainless steel fasteners, underwent the ultimate test in the cyclone chaos and proved its resilience in the harshest of conditions.

  After Cyclone Ilsa 

“We are incredibly proud of the resilience and performance of our SolarTerrace III-A during this catastrophic event,” said Geza Anderson, Lead Engineer of Clenergy. “It reaffirms our commitment to providing reliable and durable solar solutions that empower individuals and communities, even in the face of adverse circumstances.”

The remarkable survival of the PV-ezRack solar mounting frame amidst the cyclone’s devastation serves as a testament to the importance of sustainable and resilient energy solutions. It highlights the potential of solar power to provide a reliable energy supply, even in challenging circumstances.

SolarTerrace III-A is a pre-assembled kit designed to be installer-friendly, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free installation process. With its low ground clearance, the support legs can be installed either with a concrete ballast footing or with ground screws, which makes it suitable for most challenging soil conditions. Additionally, it is ideal for corrosive environments and comes with full earthing functionality.

Image Courtesy: Facebook Page, Pardoo Roadhouse and Tavern


About Clenergy

Established in Melbourne, Australia, and extending our presence with offices and factories across China, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Germany, Clenergy stands as an enabler for the public sector, enterprises, and governments in pursuit of sustainability and carbon neutrality solutions. Our commitment is grounded in a vision of a future powered by sustainable, clean energy. We persistently reinvent our approach, leveraging innovative technology and service, as we strive towards realising this mission.


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