Tasmania has notched up one of its largest commercial solar installations, with a 831kW of PV installed across two distribution centres of local transport company SRT Logistics.
The solar systems were installed at the buildings – one in Launceston and one in Devonport – as part of a pilot collaboration between installer Beon Energy Solutions and state-owned electricity retailer Aurora Energy.
Beon general manager Glen Thomson said the joint effort aimed to combine Beon’s expertise in solar with Aurora’s knowledge of electricity consumption, to deliver better customer outcomes.
Combined, the 2546-panels are expected to generate more than 1 million kWh of solar electricity a year – enough to power 143 homes.
“We’re building on similar successes with other energy-intensive customers and are thrilled to be helping SRT Logistics improve their energy efficiency and reduce their operating costs,” Thomson said.
SRT Logistics CEO Robert Miller said the two-month long install offered a great example of a project delivering both strong commercial outcomes and broader benefits to the local economy.
“For SRT Logistics it was sound business decision to install a solar PV system and to do so we needed experts in the field that we could rely on and trust,” he said.
“That’s why we teamed up with Aurora Energy, Beon Energy Solutions, and local electrical contractors to achieve this.”
Aurora Energy CEO Rebecca Kardos said the business was keen to continue to explore the role it could play in the delivery of renewable energy solutions for its commercial customers.
“We know our customers are looking to technology to help reduce and manage their energy costs,” she said.
“Rather than sit back and watch, we want to harness our specialist knowledge and expertise to become a part of the solution for these customers.”
Aurora said that given the success of the collaboration so far, it would continue to explore future opportunities to deliver commercial energy solutions to Tasmanian businesses.