Aerial image of historic Bendigo Woollen Mills factory with solar panels on roof.

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Bendigo Woollen Mills now powered by solar

Bendigo Woollen Mills is Australia's largest hand knitting & crafting yarn mail order manufacturer, their machinery working 24 hours a day, 5 days a week to keep up with customer demand.

In 2021, Cola Solar, now a part of RACV Solar, won a tender to install a solar system on the site. Funded by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, the team installed a 96.3kW solar system for Bendigo Woollen Mills in partnership with the Bendigo Sustainability Group.

The installation for Bendigo Woollen Mills was part of the Community Power Hub Loddon Mallee project, which aims to provide local businesses with renewable energy to power their operations. Now the company is paying off the cost of their brand new solar solution using the savings generated from the system.

Bendigo Woollen Mills operates out of a historic building in Bendigo. Built in 1901 by the Bendigo Electric Supply Company, it was originally used to generate coal power. Now it generates clean, renewable energy from solar and provides savings back to tenants.

Key numbers*

Carbon savings

96 tonnes of greenhouse gases offset per year

System capacity

96.3kW capacity system installed

Components used

Solar panels

214 x Risen 450W solar panels


3 x 29.9kW GE inverters

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*The statistics for RACV Solar customers have been calculated based on the following assumptions: the site's prior electricity consumption and tariffs, 3D modelling software for commercial and complicated residential sites (identifying shade/structures that impact performance), local sunlight irradiance and climate data, Victorian grid electricity emissions intensity factor of 1.12 kg CO2 eq / kWh, and average home system size in Victoria.