After a long time of waiting, planning and working, solar energy just scored another huge victory as an important consumer finally completed its transition to solar.
We are talking about Bayside, a three-level shopping centre located in the heart of Frankston, which is approximately 50 kilometres south of Melbourne’s central business district. In addition to featuring Myer, Kmart, Target, Aldi, Coles, Woolworths and HOYTS Cinema, the centre includes more than 185 specialty stores and a food and entertainment precinct, and we are happy to announce that the final stage of work on the enormous solar power system is now complete.
Even though the output of the system was not specified, it is expected to have a significant impact. It counts with more than 4,000 solar panels, making the Bayside’s system a 1.5MW PV project. A commercial solar power system of that capacity in the Frankston area could generate around 5,500 kilowatt-hours a day and more than 2 million kilowatt-hours annually.
” The new solar installation at Bayside is another demonstration of Vicinity’s ongoing commitment to, and investment in, renewable energy,” said Vicinity’s Head of Integrated Energy, Renae Sambrooks. ” By embedding innovation, such as solar, in our portfolio, we are striving to place renewable energy at the very heart of our communities.” highlighted.
The Bayside installation provides a big boost to total solar capacity in the Frankston local government area. According to statistics from the Australian PV Institute (APVI) around 11.6MW of PV – predominantly home solar power – was installed in the area in June and this system appears to be the largest to date. Becoming that way Frankston’s biggest solar installation.
The Bayside PV project is part of Vicinity Centre’s $73 million solar energy investment program, which is approaching completion. The program is comprised of solar installations at 22 of Vicinity’s shopping centres across six states with a collective capacity of 31.8MW, which is expected to generate 48,500 megawatt-hours of clean electricity annually.
Vicinity says laid end-to-end, the panels used in the rollout would stretch 191 kilometres – significantly further than the distance by road from Melbourne to Bendigo (~150 kilometres).