As a real estate developer and manager, we’re always looking to improve how we develop and operate our assets, including how we source and use energy. Our Wetherill Park shopping centre is now generating renewable energy to power the centre and its 210 retailers, thanks to a new $2 million single rooftop solar system.
Officially switched on in February, the 925 kW solar PV system consists of more than 2,900 solar photo-voltaic panels across 5,695 square metres of roof area. On average, the system will generate 3,620 kilowatt hours (kWh) per day, which is 23 per cent of the centre’s annual base building power requirements.
Stockland Wetherill Park received a 5 Star Green Star – Retail Centre Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for our industry-leading approach to the sustainable design of the centre’s $228 million redevelopment, which was completed in December 2015.
John Schroder, Group Executive and CEO Commercial Property at Stockland, said: “Our investment in sustainability initiatives like solar not only provide a number of environmental benefits but also new jobs and financial savings for our retailers”.
Stockland has previously invested $2.8 million in solar projects installed across our Shellharbour, Green Hills and Nowra shopping centres in NSW. In 2015, we switched on one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar projects at Stockland Shellharbour, which has so far generated over 2.5 million kWh of energy and received several awards.