REDFERN Oval is already home to the stars of the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL team – and now the field has the power of one of the brightest stars of all.
As part of Australia’s largest building-mounted solar-panel project. 220 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Redfern Oval grandstand.
The panels will produce more than 88,000kW hours of electricity a year powering the lights and cafe at the ground.
A council spokesman said all of City of Sydney’s buildings were included in a tender for the solar panel project, with the roof of the grandstand being chosen because of its sunny location and electricity-generating potential.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the park and training field was a popular site for the whole community – from sportspeople to residents walking their dogs.
“Producing energy locally through solar panels reduces the need to spend billions of dollars on the thousands of kilometers of power poles and wires that are driving up house-hold electricity bills,” she said.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs support the council’s initiative.
“South Sydney has a long and proud 105-year history and we know the importance of looking after future generations.” Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said.
The city plans to produce 30 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. rolling out 5500 solar panels across 30 sites.
Solar panels have been installed on the Sydney Park Pavilion and Alexandria Town Hall.