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Giant rooftop solar array comes online in Australia

Australia‘s largest private sector rooftop solar system has come online this week.

The 3 MW array sits atop grocery giant Sydney Markets’ facility in New South Wales and consists of 8594 PV panels. It is planned to provide around 11 per cent of the 43-ha site’s annual power demand.

The firm said a year of planning and a total investment of AUD8.9m ($7m) had made the project possible.

At the installation’s launch were Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, as well as Anthony Roberts MP, New South Wales Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing and Special Minister of State.

Sydney Markets had previously installed a 640 kW solar car park (pictured) at the site, and company chairman John Pearson said the firm is considering further PV installations.

“Sydney Markets has additional roof capacity to more than triple the generation of this solar system, he said. “We may continue to build upon and expand this system to meet our future energy needs.”

And CEO Brad Pearson said the firm was “very proud of our environmental achievements – over the past 17 years Sydney Markets has been a leader in waste recycling achieving upwards of 70 per cent recycling of all waste on-site, which not only benefits the environment but also saves our company over AUD1m each year.

“This solar system will enable us to generate sustainable energy, as well as drastically reduce our carbon footprint. In order to extract the same amount of CO2 from the atmosphere 676 ha of trees would need to be planted each year,” he said.