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Solar Companies Partner to Light Up the Days for TLC for Kids

MELBOURNE, Australia July 27, 2016 – A 30 kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system was donated to TLC for Kids, a children's charity that provides practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families across Australia, during a fundraising event held in Melbourne on July 23.


Valued at $50,000, the solar PV system is a combined donation from three solar companies - Enphase Energy, Suntech and Living Energy. For this installation, 122 Enphase Microinverters and Suntech Tier One solar PV modules will be provided. The system will be designed and installed by Living Energy Solutions at the TLC for Kids headquarters in Brunswick West in Victoria.


When the solar PV system is commissioned in August, it is expected to provide almost 100 percent of the charity’s energy during the day. This will result in savings of up to $350,000 from power bills during the lifetime of the system’s operation allowing TLC for Kids to redirect this funding towards crucial services in over 400 children’s hospitals across Australia.


The system was donated at a fundraising event held at Progression Fitness Club owned by the Captain of Collingwood Football Club, Scott Pendlebury and his wife Alex. Collingwood players and celebrity supporters rallied behind a full day event at the club where guests had the chance to play off against Scott in a trick shot challenge to raise funds for TLC for Kids.


Enphase Energy, Suntech and Living Energy Solutions who had installed an 8 kilowatt solar PV system for Progression Fitness Club in June, rallied together to donate a system to TLC for Kids for the fundraising event.


Tim Conolan, CEO of TLC for Kids and 2014 Australian of the Year Local Hero recipient, said, “We are touched by this amazing show of generosity and would like to extend our sincere thanks to Enphase, Living Energy and Suntech. A solar system at TLC for Kids’ headquarters in Brunswick is a gift that will keep on giving. This system promises to relieve our charity of many years’ worth of power bills, meaning that hundreds of thousands in funds can be redirected to kids and families in need.”


Nathan Dunn, Managing Director of Enphase Asia-Pacific said, “Many charities across Australia, despite the the importance of their work, go completely without government support. In addition, they and forced to deal with added pressure from rising power prices which have more than doubled since 2007. Solar helps to shield these vital organisations from power price rises, and Enphase is delighted to support TLC for Kids with this donation.”


Peter Novak, National Sales Manager of Suntech Australia said, “Being a non for profit organisation, charities like TLC for Kids are exposed to the rising cost of energy. Sourcing energy from the sun will make a significant reduction to their electricity bills allowing TLC for Kids to funnel valuable donations to those that need it most.  Suntech are proud to support TLC for Kids with our donation of solar panels.


Ben Lovell, Director at Living Energy said, "We have seen the work TLC for Kids does and we couldn't be happier to support this important cause. We are a family oriented company and we recognise that nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our kids. Solar is a great way for charities to future-proof themselves for years to come, and Living Energy is privileged to be in a position to be able to give back in this way."


Rushing a sick child to hospital and enduring long-stay admissions can be a stressful, world-shattering event. TLC for Kids is a children’s charity dedicated to providing support to sick kids and their families during these challenging times. Their services are delivered swiftly and without the need to undergo lengthy processes, evaluations, interviews or waiting times.





Note to Editor: Download a photo from the event featuring (from left to right): Jess Christiansen from Living Energy: Solar & energy efficiency, Peter Novak from Suntech, Tim Conolan from TLC for Kids, Scott Pendlebury and Andrew Kent from Enphase Energy





About Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, is leading the charge to bring smart, connected solar energy to every home, business and community. The company delivers simple, innovative and reliable energy management solutions that advance the worldwide potential of renewable energy. Enphase has shipped more than 11 million microinverters, and over 460,000 Enphase residential and commercial systems have been deployed in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com/au.


Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc.


About Suntech

Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., a company incorporated in the PRC in January 2001, produces industry-leading solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. Suntech has been operating in Australia for over 15 years, is a Bloomberg New Energy Finance's tier 1 solar company, based on its bankability and has delivered more than 30 million photovoltaic panels or 9 GWs of installed capacity in more than 80 countries. Suntech's pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech's mission is to provide reliable access to nature's cleanest and most abundant energy source.


For more information visit Suntech-power.com


About Living Energy Solutions

Living Energy, designs and installs tailored solutions in solar, battery storage and smart energy management that help businesses achieve optimal energy efficiency.

Established in 2011 by brothers Ben and David Lovell, the company is 100% Australian owned with offices in Adelaide and Melbourne, and over 5000 installs across four states.


For more information go to www.livinenergysolutions.com.au


About TLC for Kids

TLC for Kids is dedicated to giving practical and emotional support to sick kids and their families across Australia. As soon as the team receive a request or referral from a healthcare professional, they work swiftly to meet the needs of those people who so desperately need the help. The charity is unique in that it operates immediately and inclusively, with extremely short turn-around times and no restrictive criteria.