Solgen Energy has been awarded the 1.17MW solar power system on the short term multi-storey car park rooftop at Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL).

The installation will be the largest airport rooftop system in Australia, the largest private-sector solar power system in South Australia and also one of the largest Australian commercial solar power installation to be installed on a single rooftop!

Adelaide Airport first installed solar in 2008 with the commissioning of its’ 114kW solar power system and has now appointed Solgen Energy to install a further 1.17MW, more than 10 times larger than its existing system, bringing the total rooftop solar capacity to 1.28MW and further enhancing the airport’s reputation as a leader in environmental sustainability.

In May this year Adelaide Airport was the first airport in Australia to be internationally recognized for reducing its carbon emissions and is now certified as Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3 (‘Optimisation’), for its work in reducing its carbon footprint. It is the seventh airport in the entire Asia-Pacific region to reach this level.

With international and domestic passengers expected to increase by over 4% per annum over the next 20 years, signalling an increase in operating costs, Adelaide Airport developed a five-year sustainability strategy and carbon management plan, which has identified a number of future carbon friendly initiatives, solar power being one of them.

Designed by Solgen Energy, the 1.17MW solar power system is expected to offset 100% (and possibly more) of the car park’s electricity consumption with excess power generated to be consumed within the airport site itself. It will reduce Adelaide Airport Ltd’s overall energy consumption and carbon emissions by close to 10 per cent.

The solar array, having the same footprint as an entire football field, will be installed on the Airport’s five-storey short term car park rooftop consisting of an impressive 4500 solar panels and will be one of the first installations within Australia to utilise the SMA Sunny Tripower 60000TL solar inverter.

The system will incorporate Trina SMART solar panels with the ability to operate independently through built-in Tigo Energy power optimizers. As a result, each panel will be able to operate at its maximum output irrespective of partial shading that may occur on the array. In addition, each panel is independently monitored and for added safety, the entire array can be shut down at panel level from a single switch.

The installation is dues to commence late this year for completion mid-2016.

To view the official media release, click here.

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