26 June 2014 — Wholesale food services distributor Bidvest has installed Western Australia’s largest privately-owned rooftop solar system.
The 1160-panel system covers 30 per cent of Bidvest’s newly constructed 9000 square metre distribution centre at Bibra Lake, and is predicted to generate 360 megawatt-hours of electricity a year – the equivalent to powering a 4 star NABERS office space for more than 520 people.
The system will produce around 40 per cent of the company’s annual electricity requirements, though in summer it could take care of 100 per cent of the site’s daytime base load. It will also abate around 300 tonnes of CO2 annually, equivalent to taking 92 cars off the road.
The system will be officially unveiled by Treasurer and Minister for Energy Mike Nahan at an event on Friday; with other speakers including chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Association Kirsten Rose; and Jeremy Rich, chief executive of solar company Energy Matters, which installed the system.
Peter Crowe, general manager – marketing for Bidvest said the solar array had been integrated into the design of the building, with help from Energy Matters, and that the company was “delighted to have created the opportunity to supplement our electricity requirements utilising natural resources”.
Energy Matters chief executive Jeremy Rich said the Bidvest installation was a sign of increased interest in large-scale solar.
“As one of the first truly large-scale, privately funded and owned rooftop PV solar systems we see this as the start of something big for commercial solar in Australia and applaud Bidvest for taking the lead,” Mr Rich said.