Queensland electricity company Yurika has recently installed one of the largest rooftop solar systems in the southern hemisphere, which generates enough energy to power more than 1000 homes for a year.
The company – which is part of Energy Queensland, the largest wholly government-owned electricity company in Australia – recently unveiled the massive rooftop PV system at Logan Hyperdome, in the southeast Brisbane metropolitan area.
Boasting more than 12,000 PV panels and generating 4.93MW of energy, the mall’s rooftop system will help the Queensland Government meet its commitment to produce 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
“Logan Hyperdome is the latest project delivered through a partnership between Yurika and the Queensland Investment Corporation,” says Yurika executive general manager Carly Irving.
“The technology will reduce Hyperdome’s carbon emissions by 6050 tonnes of CO2 annually, which is the equivalent of removing 2800 passenger vehicles from our roads each year.”
Logan Hyperdome is one of four Queensland shopping centres leveraging Yurika’s holistic Smart Connected Solar technology, alongside Robina Town Centre, Toowoomba’s Grand Central and Townsville’s Domain Central.
A fifth shopping centre in Melbourne is also onboard with the company’s solar initiative.
“The solar networks across these five assets will deliver more than 15MW of solar power capacity and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 17,000 metric tonnes per year, bringing clean energy to these centres and providing significant relief to the energy network in the surrounding communities,” says Irving.
“During the next 25 years, the Logan Hyperdome system will save 2573 tonnes in carbon emissions, equivalent to 30,878 trees being planted.
“What we have shown at Logan Hyperdome and at the other sites is that Yurika has a product that lowers the cost of energy and improves the environmental performance of large shopping centres.
“The Smart Connected Solar platform also allows for integration of batteries, electric vehicle chargers and our Internet of Things ecosystem platform to ensure we can enhance the capability of the systems to meet future requirements.”