We’re excited to announce that we’ve completed the final stage of work to install our roof top solar system at Altona Gate. This exciting new source of clean, renewable energy will help us power the centre and create greater energy resilience for the entire community.
Over 1,500 solar panels have been installed, which if laid end-to-end equals about 3kms of continuous solar. And even better, the 0.6 megawatts (MW) capacity system is energised and already generating power.
Altona Gate Centre Manager, Anna Hickling said “It’s great to be directly involved in Vicinity Centres’ commitment to provide clean, renewable energy to help power our centres – something we know resonates very positively with our customers, retailers and the Altona Gate community. The installation of our solar system was highly visible too, so our customers have been really engaged with it from start to finish.”
We’ve joined the growing number of Vicinity centres able to utilise clean, renewable energy from their solar installations to help power the centre, reduce our reliance on the national grid and make a positive contribution to Vicinity’s Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030 target (in wholly-owned centres).
The addition of solar at Altona Gate also brings Vicinity even closer to an expected 30MW total capacity at Stage 2 project completion. This will provide annual energy generation of 48,500 MWh - enough to power the equivalent of over 8,000 average Australian homes for a year.
Justin Mills, Vicinity’s Chief Strategy Officer said: The new solar installation at Altona Gate is another demonstration of Vicinity’s ongoing commitment to, and investment in, renewable energy. By embedding innovation, such as solar, in our portfolio we are placing renewable energy at the heart of our communities.
Our large-scale national solar program also includes several innovation firsts for the Australian retail property sector, including Australia’s first retail battery, energy block chain trial, bifacial solar panel and solar glass trials. Combined with our industry-leading solar program, these initiatives will help deliver intelligent energy destinations across Vicinity’s national portfolio**.**