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New 100kW roof-top solar system for Canberra commercial building

The activation of a new 100kW rooftop solar installation in Barton yesterday shows businesses in Canberra are continuing to recognise the importance of renewable energy, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell said today.

“This 100kW roof-top system that was switched on yesterday in Barton will further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and will produce the equivalent energy to power more than 20 Canberra homes,” Mr Corbell said.

“This is the largest known commercial roof-top solar installation in the ACT and I congratulate the building owners of Maddocks House for their investment in renewable energy, as well as ET Solar and ActewAGL for their involvement in the project.”

The system will supply 30-40% of the building’s needs for electricity during the week, but is also set up to export electricity to the grid during times of surplus energy.

“The installation highlights not only the environmental and sustainability benefits, but also the already significant and growing financial benefits to the commercial sector of adopting renewable energy sources generally and rooftop solar PV in particular,” Mr Corbell said.

The project, which was installed by local electricians, will help contribute to a growing body of highly trained personnel in the ACT who are skilled in the development, installation and operation of larger-scale roof-top solar.

The solar array is positioned on top of Maddocks House in Macquarie Street, Barton.

Source: ACT Government Media Release

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