The King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre photovoltaic (PV) solar power system was designed and built by Solgen Energy as part of the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision.

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The King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre photovoltaic (PV) solar power system was designed and built by Solgen Energy as part of the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision.

Solgen Energy was awarded the City of Sydney Solar Project to design, install and commission over 1.25MW of solar power installations on major buildings owned by the City of Sydney Council. The systems are being installed on 30 properties throughout the municipality.

The City of Sydney Council set a target of achieving a 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions across the City of Sydney local government area and to have 25 per cent of its energy needs coming from renewable resources by 2030.

When completed, the City of Sydney Solar Power Project is estimated to deliver a 4.5 per cent reduction in the City’s overall greenhouse gas emissions and 12.5 per cent of the City’s own energy requirements.

Solar Power Project Details

Client: The City of Sydney Council
Location: KGV Recreation Centre, The Rocks
Date Completed: June 2014
Solar system peak capacity: 55.5kWp
Module: 222 x Trina Solar 250W
Inverter: 2 x SMA 15kW and 2 x SMA 12kW
Green savings: 88 tonnes of emissions annually
Solar electricity generated: 82MWh each year

Challenges

The KGV Recreation Centre is located in the heart of The Rocks in Sydney’s CBD. The centre provides sports and fitness facilities and a range of community services to city residents, workers, students and visitors.

The large curved roof above the KGV recreational centre presented a challenge to Solgen Energy’s photovoltaic engineers. The design needed to take into consideration the east-west orientation constraints of the roof whilst still ensuring the solar power system worked as intended. The roof also included skylights which the solar panels needed to avoid.

Solutions

To overcome the challenges the curved roof presented, the KGV Centre’s solar power system was designed with separated rows of solar panels running in parallel to the roof’s structural members. Although this design meant that the solar array was less dense than a typical flush mounted solar power system, it did allow the project to meet the design criteria set by the client.

Overall the KGV Recreation Centre will host a 55.5kW solar power system comprising 222 Trina Solar Panels and 4 SMA Tripower Inverters. The inverters were installed outside near the roof of the building using a custom made inverter station.

Benefits

Installing the solar power system on the KGV Recreation Centre’s roof to generate part of its electricity needs, is a step by the City of Sydney to meet its Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision.

The 55.5kW solar power system will also:

  • Generate approximately 82 Megawatt hours of electricity per annum
  • Reduce the KGV Recreation Centre’s reliance on grid electricity
  • Lower the Centre’s operating costs
  • Avoid the emission of 88 tonnes of greenhouses gases

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