Bris­bane Air­port goes so­lar

The Australian Energy Review - - NEWS: RENEWABLE ENERGY - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

BRIS­BANE air­port will soon be home to a 6 megawatt (MW) so­lar PV project that will be the largest com­mer­cial roof top so­lar sys­tem in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

More than twice the size of the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the $11 mil­lion project will be in­stalled across six sites at the air­port.

The In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal alone will sup­port a 1.98MW ar­ray with 7133 pan­els cov­er­ing more than 11,675sqm – the largest sin­gle roof top so­lar panel in­stal­la­tion at an Aus­tralian air­port.

Bris­bane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion (BAC) general man­ager as­sets Kr­is­han Tan­gri said with elec­tric­ity as one of its largest ex­penses, the project would slash power costs and ac­count for 18 per cent of BAC’s di­rect elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion, or 6 per cent of its to­tal con­sump­tion.

“We are acutely aware of the in­creas­ing en­ergy needs of run­ning a ma­jor air­port and since 2012 we’ve had an ex­ten­sive en­ergy re­duc­tion pro­gram in place re­sult­ing in the com­ple­tion of 40 pro­jects which col­lec­tively save more than 8 GWh per year,” Mr Tan­gri said.

“We are in the en­vi­able po­si­tion of hav­ing thou­sands of square me­tre of un-im­peded roof space ideal for so­lar harvesting and, with sys­tems be­com­ing more ef­fi­cient and more af­ford­able to in­stall, it makes fi­nan­cial sense to in­vest in this read­ily avail­able sup­ply of re­new­able en­ergy to save costs and de­crease our car­bon foot­print.”

Epho, in part­ner­ship with Shakra En­ergy, be­gan devel­op­ment of the project in July, and will be work­ing to­wards a com­ple­tion date in Au­gust next year.

Epho man­ag­ing direc­tor Oliver Hart­ley said the project would be very com­plex, given the 24-hour ‘live en­vi­ron­ment’ of the air­port.

“To win this project, Epho had to demon­strate su­pe­ri­or­ity in project man­age­ment, stake­holder man­age­ment, en­gi­neer­ing, op­er­a­tions and work health and safety,” Mr Hart­ley said.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of such a sig­nif­i­cant so­lar sys­tem is a prime ex­am­ple of how BAC is adopt­ing world-lead­ing tech­nolo­gies in har­mony with its sus­tain­abil­ity fo­cus.”

Im­age: BAC.

Bris­bane Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion general man­ager as­sets Kr­is­han Tan­gri on the air­port rooftop.

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