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Australia’s largest investment in solar for shopping centres
Vicinity Centres has revealed Australia’s largest ever investment in shopping centre solar with $28 million towards solar installations at five centres across South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA).
Vicinity Centres CEO and Managing Director Grant Kelley was joined by the Premier of SA, The Hon Steven Marshall for the announcement at Elizabeth City Centre on 30 April, 2018.
The entire project, at 11.2 megawatts (MW), will see approximately 39,000 individual solar panels installed and will generate upwards of 17.4 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy each year - equivalent to powering Adelaide Oval light towers for 3.5 years.
Mr Kelley said the project reflected Vicinity’s focus on embedding innovation across operations including the latest energy storage technology with the installation of a 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) battery at Castle Plaza in SA.
“The energy generated by the solar and battery systems will be used on-site, reducing reliance on the grid and helping give our retailers and our business a buffer from a volatile energy market,” Mr Kelley said.
The project, which is underway, will create at least 150 highly skilled, local jobs across the five shopping centres during the construction period, with 110 in SA and 40 in WA.
“We are proud to be creating jobs across South Australia and Western Australia and investing in these important states in our shopping centre portfolio.”
"The environmental benefits of the installations are equivalent to removing more than 9,500 cars from our roads and will create enough power to supply more than 3,000 average homes for a year.
Read the full media release here.
We’re getting solar ready at Castle Plaza with the first solar panel installed this week as part of phase one of the Vicinity Solar Program. The project is significant for South Australia, as on completion, Castle Plaza will be Australia’s largest shopping centre microgrid featuring solar roof, solar carpark shade sails, electric vehicle charging and large scale commercial battery. Castle Plaza’s Centre Manager Jessica Zammit and Operations Manager David Jones, were on the roof inspecting the handy of our solar delivery partner Beon Energy Solutions.
13 July 2018
You’ve probably noticed some of the activity around Castle Plaza as our solar program is rolled out as part of an Australian shopping centre first.
This week, our focus moves to the car park as construction begins to install the structures that will provide a new undercover parking experience, and house the solar panels on top.
We know there will be some inconvenience during the construction phase and we appreciate your patience while we create 491 solar covered car park bays at Castle Plaza.
26 September 2018
Castle plaza is leading the way with renewable energy in South Australia… And today we announced a trial of energy blockchain technology.
The program will help us manage our energy use in real-time, switching between solar, battery and the national grid to power Castle Plaza.
The future of energy is changing and we hope one day we’ll be able to supply solar energy to our neighbours who connect to new secure blockchain network.
Our $75 million solar program has reached another important milestone.
Last week our Sungrow Samsung SDI battery arrived on-site at Castle Plaza.
It’s the largest battery being used at an Australian shopping centre and will help us power our centre, once connected to the local energy network.
It’s an exciting trial and we can’t wait to share the results of our industry-leading program.