Sep, 2017

6MW Solar System Set to Slash BNE’s Energy Needs – MEDIA RELEASE

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Tuesday 19 September 2017:  Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is investing in a major renewable energy Solar PV project capable of generating more than 9,315,000 kilowatt hours a year.

The 6MW system, consisting of 22,000 panels spanning an area of 36,000 meters squared or more than twice the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), will be installed across six sites at Brisbane Airport (BNE).

Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal alone will support 1.98MW with 7,133 panels covering more than 11,675 square metres, making it the largest single roof top solar panel installation at an Australian airport and BNE and the largest commercial roof top solar system in the Southern Hemisphere.

More than 200kms of cabling will be used for the install, equivalent to driving from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and back.

Krishan Tangri, BAC General Manager Assets, said electricity is one of the biggest expenses to running Brisbane Airport with dozens of large buildings requiring cool, lighting and heating 24 hours a days, 365 days a year.

“We are acutely aware of the increasing energy needs of running a major airport and since 2012 we’ve had an extensive energy reduction program in place resulting in the completion of 40 projects which collectively save more than 8 GWh per year.

We are in the enviable position of having thousands of square metre of un-impeded roof space ideal for solar harvesting and, with systems becoming more efficient and more affordable to install, it makes financial sense to invest in this readily available supply of renewable energy to save costs and decrease our carbon footprint.

Once fully operational, the new system will account for 18 per cent of BAC’s direct electricity consumption, or 6 per cent of our total consumption, further complementing the savings we’re making through air conditioning control optimisation, lighting control upgrades and LED technology within BAC buildings, car parks and street lighting,” Mr Tangri said.

The solar energy generated per year is equivalent to powering over 1,700 Australian homes for a year, with carbon offset equal to planting over 50,000 trees or taking 1,500 cars off the road each year.

Epho, an Australian commercial solar company specialising in serving Australian businesses with solar energy solutions, collaborated with Sam Khalil Managing Director of Shakra Energy.

Shakra Energy is the developer of commercial and large scale solar plants and the party that assembled the team for the bid. Sam Khalil will be on the steering committee to ensure an efficient and effective development of the solar development.

Oliver Hartley, Epho Managing Director, said the BAC project is not only the biggest commercial solar installation in the Southern Hemisphere, it is also one of the more complex given the live environment of the airport.

“To win this project, Epho had to demonstrate superiority in project management, stakeholder management, engineering, operations and work health and safety.

“The introduction of such a significant solar system is a prime example of how BAC is adopting world-leading technologies in harmony with its sustainability focus,” Mr Hartley said.

Design of the system is currently underway with installation commencing from December 2017 and completion expected in August 2018.

About Epho: Epho delivers turnkey solar power solutions and engineering consulting services for businesses and government organisations across Australia. The company develops, engineers, procures, constructs, commissions, operates and maintains commercial solar power systems that increase its clients’ profitability by reducing ongoing operational costs. The company is fully ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and AS 4801 accredited and provides services to small and medium businesses as well some of Australia’s largest corporations. ( www.epho.com.au )

Media Enquiries: Oliver Hartley │ Managing Director │ 1300 661 253 │ solar@epho.com.au

About Brisbane Airport Corporation: BAC is the operator of Brisbane Airport (BNE), the premier gateway to Queensland and the third largest airport in Australia by passenger numbers.  It is a proud, public, un-listed Queensland company, helping employ thousands of Queenslanders and creating economic opportunities or the state and city of Brisbane.  Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, BNE has two major terminals servicing 32 airlines flying direct to 83 national and international destinations.  More than 22.8 million passengers travelled through the airport in FY17.

Media Contact: Leonie Vandeven │ Media Manager │ T +61 (0)466 322 485

You can read the news release here: http://newsroom.bne.com.au/australias-largest-rooftop-solar-system-set-to-slash-bnes-energy-needs/

And read the story in the Australian Financial Review here: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/brisbane-airport-to-save-1m-a-year-from-massive-solar-array-20170915-gyikfc