We’re excited to announce that we’ve completed the final stage of work to install our roof top solar system at Victoria Gardens. This exciting new source of clean, renewable energy will help us power the centre and create greater energy resilience for the Victoria Gardens community.
Nearly 1,800 solar panels have been installed, which if laid end-to-end equals about 3.5kms of continuous solar. And even better, the 600 kilowatts (kW) capacity system is energised and already generating clean, renewable power.
Victoria Gardens Manager, Robyn Madeley said: “It’s great for Victoria Gardens to be part of Vicinity’s industry-leading renewable energy program. The clean energy we’re generating will help us create a more sustainable, energy intelligent destination for our shoppers, retailers and the local community. We’ll actually produce enough on-site energy to power the equivalent of about 150 Victorian homes.”
We’ve joined the growing number of Vicinity centres able to utilise clean, renewable energy from their solar installations to help power the centre, reduce our reliance on the national grid and make a positive environmental impact for the local community.
The addition of solar at Victoria Gardens also brings Vicinity even closer to an expected 30MW total capacity in 2019. This will provide annual energy generation of over 48,500MWh - enough to power the equivalent of 8,300 average Victorian homes for a year.
Vicinity’s Head of Integrated Energy, Renae Sambrooks said: "The new solar installation at Victoria Gardens is another demonstration of Vicinity’s ongoing commitment to, and investment in, renewable energy. By embedding innovation, such as solar, in our portfolio we are striving to place renewable energy at the very heart of our communities."
Our award-winning national solar program also includes several innovation firsts for the Australian retail property sector, including a storage battery, energy block chain trial, bifacial solar panel and solar glass trials. Combined with our industry-leading solar program, these initiatives will help deliver intelligent energy destinations across Vicinity’s national portfolio.