SENTINEL Property Group has installed one of the largest accredited roof mounted solar systems in north Queensland at its DFO Cairns, which is expected to halve the centre’s power usage.
The $2 million renewable energy upgrade involves the installation of more than 3,000 solar panels at the Westcourt complex.
Managing director Warren Ebert said DFO now has the second largest accredited solar power system in a shopping centre in north Queensland, the fifth biggest roof mounted system in the state and 14th largest across Australia.
“We expect this system will halve the complex’s daily power usage while also contributing to the environment by reducing greenhouse gases.
“Solar systems offset 0.55 tonnes of carbon dioxide per megawatt produced per day. Sentinel’s DFO system alone will produce 5.2 megawatts per day which will equate to 2.86 tonnes of saving in carbon dioxide per day,” he added.
Ebert said Sentinel was investing heavily in renewable energy and plans to adopt solar power systems across much of its property portfolio.
“Solar is one of the cleanest sources of energy and we will able to run our DFO retail complex in a more efficient and sustainable manner while providing clean energy to DFO Cairns and its retailers,” he said. “By reducing greenhouse gases, improving air quality and conserving our water supply, solar energy assists in the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels and will lower energy prices for years to come.”
The DFO’s solar system installation by GEM Energy consists of 3,257 panels covering a roof area of approximately 15,000 sqm. Approximately 8km of railing was needed to hold the solar panels and contain approximately 8.5km of electrical cabling.