Verdia has commenced installation of a $980,600 rooftop commercial solar project to provide clean, green, renewable energy to the centre and its retailers.
The highly anticipated project will see Stockland work with Verdia to install a 500 KW system comprised of 1,299 solar panels that will cover a roof area of approximately 2,571 square metres.
The commercial solar system is expected to generate approximately 660,000 kWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power 125 homes1 and is expected to be switched on in July this year.
Stephen Blanch, Stockland Traralgon Development Manager, said: “We’re extremely proud to be installing this solar project at Stockland Traralgon which will help create clean, green energy for our retailers, our customers and the community.
“We are committed to offering customers a more sustainable shopping experience and the solar project at Stockland Traralgon is an important step towards a more sustainable future.”
The Traralgon installation forms part of Stockland’s national commercial solar rollout, Australia’s largest ever retail property solar program. Stockland has committed to a $23.5 million national investment in solar, and is currently installing enough panels to cover more than 9 rugby fields, across ten retail centres around the country. Combined, the project is expected to produce 17.2 GWh of energy every year, the equivalent to driving an electric car around the world 2,381 times. The rollout will add to Stockland’s existing solar capacity to deliver a total of 14.56MW by 2020.
Davina Rooney, General Manager, Sustainability at Stockland, said: “Solar is an important step for renewable energy in Australia, playing a vital role in the transition to a lower carbon energy future. Stockland is committed to investing in sustainable energy and is working towards setting a new standard in commercial solar for the Australian property industry.
“We’ve already invested more than $4.5 million in successful solar projects at four of our shopping centres in NSW and look forward to extending this across another 10 centres including Stockland Traralgon.”