The GPT-managed Casuarina Square in Darwin is on track to have the largest single solar rooftop system in Australia with the installation of more than 4000 solar PV modules on its roof due to be complete by the end of next month.
Installation of the $4.5 million 1.25MW (megawatt) system is now underway and it is estimated the system will produce 2030 MWh (megawatt hours) of electricity a year – equivalent to 310 Australian households.
The system will generate around 20 per cent of the Casuarina’s base building/common area electricity at no extra cost to the tenants.
Solar power will help Darwin’s largest shopping centre reduce its maximum demand from the grid and the roll-out comes as GPT is reviewing all of its buildings with large footprints across Australia, to assess whether they are suited to solar systems.
Solar energy will play a key role in GPT’s policy to have all of the base buildings it manages operate carbon neutrally and have all of its employees perform their roles carbon neutrally.
GPT recently confirmed it had achieved a 50 per cent reduction in the emissions intensity of its operations compared to what it was using in 2005, which is its baseline.
GPT already has solar systems in several of its assets, including 3 and 5 Murray Rose at Sydney Olympic Park, Rouse Hill Town Centre in Sydney and Maribyrnong Homemaker Centre in Melbourne.