Rural Victorian medical centre joins the solar carpark push


The Ararat campus of the East Grampians Health Service has become the latest Australian building to fit its extensive solar array to its carpark. Solar carparks are becoming increasingly popular in Australian shopping centres, and now the trend seems to have spread to regional organisations.

With work set to start in October, East Grampians will install its 174 kW solar system on both the roof of its new undercover carpark, and will also transform its current visitor carpark into undercover solar-shaded parking, providing weather protection for visitors and of course generating electricity for the Health Service.

The installation is expected to take around four months to complete, and will be paid for through the Victorian government’s $2.7 billion ‘Building Works’ package. The medical centre’s installation is the final of nine installations for the program in the Grampians region.

In addition to solar systems, the government’s funding package also supported the installation of battery storage – though of the nine program recipients, only the Ballarat General Cemetery in Ballarat North received a solar+battery coupling.

The East Grampians Health Service solar project is to be delivered in partnership with Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions Inc (BREAZE) − one of nine in the Grampians region to receive a share of $1.1 million to install solar power on buildings.

BREAZE President Mary Debrett said the program demonstrates the “benefits of social solar” including jobs, bill savings and reduced emissions.

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