Case Study


Project Size:

962kW Rooftop Solar + 2x EV chargers



Key Project Stats

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1266 MWh Generation Per Year

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Expected ROI in 3 Years

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18% Energy Reduction

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793t Annual Co2 Savings

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172 Cars Off the Road

Etex operates in 45 countries with over 13,000 team members, providing innovative building solutions to clients worldwide. With a strong focus on sustainability and innovation, Etex is dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint while delivering high-quality products and services. 

When Etex kicked off a transformative sustainability initiative at their Sydney factory, safety was of utmost importance. Motivated by the sustainability goals outlined by their European owners, Etex sought to partner with a responsible, experienced renewable energy partner to integrate cutting-edge solutions into their manufacturing operations.  



Etex aimed to align their manufacturing operations with global sustainability standards, seeking to reduce carbon emissions and enhance operational efficiency. The challenge was to integrate renewable energy solutions seamlessly into their factory infrastructure without disrupting ongoing operations. 




Etex partnered with Smart to design and implement a comprehensive sustainability strategy based on a deep analysis of the plant’s energy usage patterns. A 962kW system comprising 2187 Risen N-Type 440W rooftop solar panels, seven Sungrow inverters and two Ocular EV chargers was recommended, and preparations made for installation at Etex’s Sydney site. 

The project ran exceptionally smoothly, thanks to meticulous planning and coordination between Etex's plant team and Smart. Smart demonstrated a strong commitment to safety and excellence, ensuring that the installation process adhered to the highest standards.  




“Weekly meetings were held between our plant team and Smart Commercial Solar. Any issues or logistical issues were sorted out very, very quickly. Smart also worked around a lot of the requirements of the business, which was fantastic. So, the business interruption was minimal, if any." 

– Greg Bartlett, Plant Manager, Etex 


The installation of 962kW of rooftop solar panels was completed seamlessly, enabling Etex to generate renewable energy and reduce their reliance on non-renewable sources. Additionally, the integration of EV chargers provided employees with sustainable transportation solutions, further enhancing Etex's commitment to environmental responsibility. 



The integration of rooftop solar panels and EV chargers yielded significant benefits for Etex: 


  1. Environmental Impact: The solar project is estimated to eliminate around 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to Etex's sustainability goals and reducing their environmental footprint.
  2. Operational Efficiency: By harnessing renewable energy sources, Etex has enhanced operational efficiency and reduced energy costs, resulting in long-term cost savings and improved profitability.
  3. Employee Engagement: The installation of EV chargers demonstrates Etex's commitment to employee well-being and sustainability, fostering a culture of environmental consciousness and employee engagement.
  4. Industry Leadership: Etex's initiative sets a precedent for sustainable manufacturing practices, positioning them as leaders in the industry and inspiring other businesses to embrace renewable energy solutions.

"I would highly recommend Smart Commercial Solar to businesses similar to ours in size. Their professionalism and dedication to safety align perfectly with our core beliefs. The project ran smoothly, completed safely, on time, and within budget, which is fantastic." 

Greg Bartlett

Etex - Plant Manager


The collaboration between Etex and Smart Commercial Solar exemplifies the transformative power of sustainability-driven initiatives. By integrating rooftop solar panels and EV chargers into their factory infrastructure, Etex has not only reduced their environmental footprint but also enhanced operational efficiency and employee engagement. As businesses worldwide seek to embrace sustainable practices, Etex's project serves as a compelling case study, showcasing the benefits of renewable energy solutions in manufacturing operations. 

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