Massive commercial photovoltaic installation ‘nearly’ complete at former Adelaide car factory – pv magazine Australia
A former car manufacturing site turned into an ‘innovation precinct’ in Tonsely Adelaide now houses one of Australia’s largest rooftop arrays at 4.83MW. Supplemented by CleanPeak Energy, the system will supply around 75% of the 56-hectare site’s energy needs, with batteries expected to arrive before summer.
After the South Australian government bought the former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in South Adelaide more than a decade ago, the vision to turn it into a climate-smart neighborhood housing research and development institutions education, industry, manufacturing and residents under the Tonsley Innovation District banner is well on its way. .
Phillip Graham, founder and CEO of GreenPeak Energy, the company responsible for the precinct’s energy program, announced the “practical completion” of the precinct’s second phase of solar expansion on Monday.
The 4.83MW rooftop solar system is distributed across the roof of Renewal SA, which operates the compound on behalf of the state government, as well as TAFE.
The installation doubles the capacity of the 2.34 MW solar system already installed in Tonsleyin particular on the former car manufacturing plant and part of the TAFE roof, in 2019 to 2020.
The founder of GreenPeak Energy said the expanded system will now generate more than 7,000 MWh of energy each year.
“Our next project at Tonsley is the delivery of our 3.3MWh battery which we believe will be online for the summer,” Graham said on LinkedIn.
The solar system expansion saw 80 pallets of solar panels, weighing up to 800kg each, airlifted to the site’s roofline in May. The 2,000 panels were then installed to cover an area the size of 2.5 football pitches.
Todd Perry, managing director of project delivery and property at Renewal SA, said the now-completed system should see Tonsely fitted with 13,000 panels, 34 inverters and over 15,000 meters of power cable.
GreenPeak’s Graham previously said the battery-coupled system will soon allow the neighborhood to be powered by 100% renewable energy.
Tonsley Innovation District is now home to Tesla, Siemens and has attracted projects like the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group’s $14.5m Hydrogen Park SA, which seeks to blend hydrogen into its natural gas grid. Flinders University has also set up a campus at the sprawling site.
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