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Hillview Lifestyle Village is a National Lifestyle Village located in High Wycombe, within the Shire of Kalamunda. The village offers a range of housing options designed for independent living around 16 kilometres from central Perth.

The facilities available to Hillview residents include a clubhouse, library, pool, fully-equipped gym, spa, sauna, mini golf course, bowling green, internet kiosk and a range of recreational areas. These kinds of facilities can use a significant amount of energy at all times of year. The electricity costs, particularly with a heated indoor swimming pool and the cost of heating and cooling the shared community areas, could add to village running costs significantly.

When National Lifestyle Villages management was looking for ways to be more sustainable and help save on their overhead costs across several locations, they turned to Synergy for a commercial SolarReturn system.

In April 2019, a 39.76kW SolarReturn system was installed at Hillview Lifestyle Village. Based on Hillview Lifestyle Village’s usage history, the potential savings from solar could total more than $12,000 per year.# 

# Estimated potential savings only based on system size, expected output and calculated against historic electricity supply costs based on current tariffs.


Project Challenges

Every solar installation, including both residential and commercial solar installations, involves a period of time without power. This is for safety reasons to protect everyone involved when the new system gets connected and commissioned. 

Residents at Hillview Lifestyle Village enjoy a range of activities, including tai chi, classes and social events within the village clubhouse. It was important that the solar installation was planned to keep any disruptions to these activities and other elements of village life to a minimum.



"In the end we chose Synergy because of the insight you had on our existing usage patterns, as well the security the Synergy brand brings with it. Given your relationship with Western Power and the fact you are both the energy retailer and solar supplier, the process was much more seamless than compared to when we have used 3rd party installers previously. Additionally, we wanted to make sure that the products long warranty periods could actually be serviced and given Synergy is the state owned utility we were comfortable that unlike other solar suppliers, Synergy would be around in the future to help if need be."
- Andrew Watkins, National Lifestyle Villages Development Manager.


Project Overview


Aged Care 


High Wycombe






142 x Trina Solar TSMPD05 280W Panels
2 x Fronius Symo 15Kw Dual Tracker Inverter


Future Forecast




2.6 years

*Estimated annual bill offset and approximate payback period are indicative only based on system size, the price paid, historic consumption and electricity supply costs for the premises and current electricity tariffs.  If the consumption habits at this premise significantly change, the estimated annual bill offset and payback period will also change. 

Investing in solar energy for your business could help you to bring down your electricity costs and reduce your environmental impact. Our SolarReturn team can use their industry expertise to match the unique way your business uses electricity with a solar solution to suit your commercial needs.

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