Stockland will install three more rooftop solar systems on its shopping centre portfolio following the success of its $2 million Shellharbour PV system, currently Australia’s largest single rooftop solar system at 1.22 megawatts.
The announcement was made today at the Shellharbour shopping centre, where NSW energy minister Anthony Roberts and environment minister Mark Speakman attended for a rooftop tour.
“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 – with our Wetherill Park, Merrylands and Baldivis centres next on the list,” Stockland group executive and chief executive commercial property John Schroder said.
“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.”
The Shellharbour system, which went live in May, has produced over 400,000 kilowatt-hours, and is on target to produce 1.74 million kWh by years end. It comprises 3991 PV panels installed on the roof across 7658 square metres – about the size of a football field. The system generates on average 4789 kWh a day, covering 28 per cent of the centre’s daily base building power use.
Mr Roberts said the system highlighted the confidence business had to invest in renewable energy across NSW.
“I am proud to see the nation’s largest solar panel system right here in New South Wales, generating cleaner, greener energy, local jobs for the region and cost savings for business owners,” Mr Roberts said.
He said Stockland was setting an example for other businesses to follow.
Mr Speakman said he was delighted to see the system first-hand.
“Construction of this commercial solar project is an important step for renewable energy in New South Wales, bringing with it environmental benefits, new jobs and a bright future for the renewable energy sector,” he said.