Work is underway on Australia’s largest collective building-mounted photovoltaic solar program, featuring approximately 5,500 Trina Solar panels installed by Solgen Energy on 30 major buildings, grandstands, depots and libraries across the City of Sydney.
With a total electrical capacity of more than 1,250 kilowatts, the 30 sites include Sydney Park Pavilion, Redfern Oval, Paddington, Glebe Town Hall and Town Hall House as well as a range of libraries, community centres, depots and other public facilities.
Combined, the facilities will reduce annual carbon pollution by up to 2,250 tonnes.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says “The City is delivering on its commitment to reduce carbon pollution by 70 per cent and produce 30 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 – one of the most ambitious programs of any Australian government.”
25 installations have already been completed, with upcoming installations including Andrew Boy Charlton Pool and Railway Square.
The project, worth more than $4 million, uses Trina Solar 250 watt (W) polycrystalline panels which will generate 12.5 per cent of the electricity needs of all City properties.
The panels will produce nearly 2,000 megawatt (MW) hours per annum and cover some 9,000 sq m (greater than the area of a regulation football field – 6,800 square metres).
The solar system is ideally placed to meet peak energy demands which typically occur between 10 am and 4 pm in City of Sydney, times when solar energy technologies will be operating at, or near, capacity.
Commercial project engineering, procurement and construction group Solgen Energy chose Trina Solar 250W polycrystalline panels because of their high energy yield and their excellent price/performance ratio, ensuring the optimal return on the capital investment.
City of Sydney Chief Development Officer for Energy and Climate Change Allan Jones says “We have seen a seismic shift in the reduction in the cost of solar panels from two years ago when the City first proposed this project which at the time would have cost $10 million to install 0.75 MW.”
Solgen Energy Director David Naismith says “We are delighted to be working with Council on a project that delivers outstanding results from both an environmental and financial perspective.”
“We pride ourselves on design and construction of projects that deliver optimal power output taking account of site and budgetary constraints. In this case Trina Solar is a good fit in meeting these objectives.”