Vicinity Centres has powered up two new rooftop solar PV systems with a combined 3.6 MW capacity, including a 2.3 MW system atop the Karratha City shopping centre in Western Australia and a 1.3 MW system on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The $6 million Karratha project, comprising more than 6,100 panels, is one of the largest installed across Vicinity Centres’ retail property portfolio and is capable of generating more than 3,900 MWh per year.
Vicinity has also flicked the switch on a 1.3 MW solar PV rooftop system at the Runaway Bay shopping centre in Queensland. The $2 million project can generate more than 2,100 MWh per year from its 2,900 panels.
“The clean, renewable energy we’re generating at both centres not only helps to power them while making a positive environmental impact, it also reduces our reliance on the national grid, improving power reliability,” the company said.
Australia’s second largest retail property company, with $23 billion in retail assets under management across 62 shopping centres, Vicinity is targeting a whopping 48,500 MWh of clean energy each year spread across 22 shopping centres in Queensland, WA, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
The two latest additions takes the tally to 20 shopping centres with a combined total of more than 25.2 MW.
Vicinity chief innovation and information officer Justin Mills said the program is one of the largest of its kind in Australia.
“We know our centres have a considerable footprint in our communities which is why we’ve committed more than $73 million towards stage one and stage two of our solar project,” he said.
“We’re committed to energy leadership targeting renewable energy, combined with battery and other storage technology and creating efficiencies across our portfolio, as part of Vicinity’s Integrated Energy Strategy. The program supports our focus to create sustainable, market-leading shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.”
Vicinity said it is on track to reach a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030 across it 32 wholly-owned assets.
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