31 July 2014 — Australia Post’s retrofitted headquarters in Strawberry Hills, Sydney – StarTrack House – has had a 1000-plus-panel, 284 kilowatt solar system installed on its roof.
The high-efficiency system, supplied by Yingli Solar and installed by Photon Energy over the past three months, is expected to produce around 370 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, cutting costs by an estimated $65,000 a year on current prices, and reducing carbon emissions by 325 tonnes a year.
The move is part of a plan to boost the NABERS rating of the property from an initial 2.5 stars before the retrofit up to five stars.
As well as being a strategic decision to cut operational costs and attract investment (the building was bought by AXA Real Estate and Eureka Funds Management for $168 million last year), the sustainability upgrade also fits into Australia Post’s carbon reduction strategy, which is aiming at a 25 per cent cut in 2000 carbon emission levels by 2020.
Australia Post head of environmental sustainability Andrew Sellick said the HQ was just one part of the company’s move into more sustainability operations.
“We’re striving to become leaders in environmental sustainability, driving clean energy and efficiency initiatives across our 1200 facilities and StarTrack House is a key example of this,” Mr Sellick said.