One of Victoria’s largest industrial solar power stations has been installed at the high tech Nine Mile Fresh apple processing and packing facility in South East Gippsland.

The 1.14 megawatt system is made up of 2,850 solar panels installed across 17,600 square meters of industrial roof space in Tynong, about 60 kilometres south east of the Melbourne CBD.

The project was managed by Australian energy services business Verdia and financed by the Bank of Melbourne’s energy efficiency program, with support from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

It’s one of several large megawatt-sized solar generators to be powered up over the past seven months that service large commercial and  industrial businesses surrounding Melbourne.

The Nine Mile Fresh high tech sorting, grading and packing system processes 150,000 kilograms of apples each day that are supplied by 50 growers across Victorian and Tasmania.

It is one the most sophisticated operations of its type worldwide.