Green Shopping

Solar installations on shopping centres across Australia have become increasingly common as developers/owners seek to not only slash emissions associated with operations, but also save on electricity costs.

It was only two weeks ago when we talked about a shopping center going solar. Well, today we are excited to announce the creation of a new shopping center powered by solar energy.

We are talking about Stockland Baringa. Property developer Stockland is officially opening a shopping centre in a new Sunshine Coast suburb this weekend, a facility that will feature solar power.

Stockland Baringa is located in within Baringa, which the first suburb of Stockland Aura – a major development situated next door to the suburb of Caloundra West in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast region. Stockland Baringa will incorporate a full-line IGA, 13 specialty retailers, commercial floorspace, a tavern, more than 300 car spaces and other facilities.

Stockland Baringa has registered for a Green Star Design and As Built rating, and is targeting a 5-star certified rating. Among its green credentials, the centre features rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, a 380kW solar power system1, high-efficiency air conditioning, building management/energy monitoring systems and solar reflective roofing.

According to Stockland, Aura is the largest master-planned community in single ownership. The highest-rated Green Star greenfield community in Australia, Aura is comprised of 20,000 lots and is surrounded by more than 700 hectares of conservation areas.

The official opening of Stockland Baringa will occur on Saturday, August 31