Australia’s largest single rooftop solar system has just been installed on the shopping-centre Stockland Shellharbour, which has already generated over 400,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and is on pace to hit its annual target of 1.74 kWh.
As our sister site Business Review Australia reported, Stockland Shellharbour in New South Wales is made up of 3,991 Photo-Voltaic (PV) panels across a rooftop that’s 7,658 square metres — nearly the same size of a football field.
The system generates 4,789 kWh on average daily, which is enough to power 280 homes and provide 28 per cent of the centre’s daily base building requirements.
Created by property developer Stockland along with Canadian Solar Australia and Todae Solar, 1.22-megawatt Stockland Shellharbour if one of several new solar projects in Australia, as an increased number of Aussie businesses are looking to go the solar energy route.
“Canadian Solar’s extensive experience and expertise with commercial rooftop installations here in Australia, our excellent bankability and providing the industry’s highest power outputs per panel, contributed to Stockland’s decision in choosing their PV supplier,” said Canadian Solar Australia manager Daniel Ruoss. “We truly believe in the ability for solar to change the energy landscape in Australia and this system is an important step in that direction within the large scale commercial property arena.”
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This news coincides with other recent renewable energy initiatives in Australia, as Business Review Australia also reported PV manufacturer and developer First Solar partnered with mining giant Rio Tinto to launch the first solar-powered mine in northern Queensland.
Stockland invested over $2 million in the solar PV installation at Shellharbour, which also created over 50 jobs for local residents during the first six months of construction.
The system highlights the amount of confidence NSW businesses have to invest in renewable energy, while Stockland has already installed several smaller solar PV systems and has been considering large-scale solar projects for some time now.
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The company has issued the first Green Bond by an Aussie corporation earlier this year to help with funding the project, while it also maintains the largest number of Green Star rated shopping centres in Australia.
“With Stockland Shellharbour now generating clean, green, renewable energy for the centre and our tenants, with cost savings for all, we now have the confidence to invest in similar installations,” said Schroder. ““We truly believe in the ability for sustainable practices to change the energy landscape in Australia and this system is an important step in that direction within the large scale commercial property arena.”