Solgen Energy has been awarded the tender to install a 65kW commercial solar system on Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island.

The heritage-listed Turbine Hall is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and was the largest building in the Southern Hemisphere at the time of its construction in 1946. It is regularly used for large-scale events such as exhibitions.

The system will be the largest solar array hitherto installed on a heritage listed building. The system must overcome significant heritage and geographical constraints to generate sufficient electricity to power the Turbine Hall and feed electricity back into the grid, while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the building’s design.

The system will comprise 216 SCHOTT solar 300 watt double glass panels to cover an area of 680 square metres. The system is expected to produce 100MWh of electricity each year and prevent the emission of 110 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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