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Stockland fetes solar success

Stockland’s $2.8 million solar installation at Stockland Green Hills – the largest single rooftop solar PV system in Australia –
celebrated its inauguration last week with a visit from Mark Butler, the federal shadow minister for climate change, and the local MP for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, who were given a rooftop tour.

The installation is comprised of 5480 solar panels across a roof area of approximately 27,000 square metres. Since it was switched on in stages between April and June, it has already generated more than 73,090 kWh of energy for the centre, with the system on track to meet its target of 2,773,070 kWh per year.

Stockland Green Hills is located in East Maitland, NSW.

Louise Mason, group executive and CEO of commercial property at Stockland, said: “Stockland is proud to be leading the sector in sustainability and investment in renewable energy.

Stockland Green Hills is a fantastic example of how Stockland is investing in a lower-carbon energy future in order to create clean, secure and affordable energy for our retail centres.

She said the $414 million centre development incorporated other innovative “green” features, such as free electric vehicle charging facilities, and energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning.

“We were extremely proud to have Stockland Green Hills receive a 5 Star Green Star – Design (Retail Centre) certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia earlier this year,” Mason said.

Stockland has been rated the most sustainable property company in the world by the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The 1.863 MW system has already significantly reduced the centre’s base building energy and greenhouse gas emissions, cutting peak electricity demand by 29 per cent and grid-supplied electricity by 46.3 per cent.

On average, the rooftop solar system is expected to generate approximately 2,770,000 kWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power 295 homes. The political visitors both congratulated Stockland on its commitment to renewable energy and its forward-thinking energy policy.

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