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Brisbane Airport to install 6 MW of solar
Sep 19 (Renewables Now) – Brisbane Airport Corp (BAC) said on Tuesday that a 6-MW solar system, featuring 22,000 panels, will be installed across six sites at Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia.

The project is part of efforts to reduce the airport’s energy needs. “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,” said Krishan Tangri, BAC general manager assets.

Brisbane Airport commits to major solar power harvesting project
What do you do if you have a vast amount of sun soaked space in Queensland if you are a major airport? Brisbane Airport’s response is to use it to harvest free renewable energy and slash its reliance on fossil carbon emitting coal burning sources of electricity.

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 announcement coincides with British Airways returning to the forefront of a push to replace fossil carbon emitting jet fuel with a renewed biofuel production goal in the UK, reported further down in this post.)

The Brisbane Airport 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).

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6MW solar system set to slash BNE’s energy needs
Tuesday 19September2017: 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 1.98MWwith 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 collectivelysave 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 1,700Australian homes for a year, with carbon offset equal to planting over 50,000 trees or taking 1,500cars 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 ofShakra 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 fromDecember2017 and completion expected in August2018.

No competition from solar carports
BRISBANE – A renewable energy developer who wants to roll out solar carports at shopping centres across Queensland says he isn’t trying to take on the mining industry. Shakra Energy managing director Sam Khalil joined Greens Senators Sarah Hanson-Young and LarissaWaters to unveil Australia’s‘‘largest carport solar development’’ in Brisbane on Friday. 24 Oct 2015

SOLAR CARPORTS SET FOR SUPERMARKETS
A RENEWABLE energy developer who wants to roll out solar carports at shopping centres across Queensland says he isn’t trying to take on the mining industry. Shakra Energy managing director Sam Khalil joined Greens senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Larissa Waters to unveil Australia’s ‘‘largest carport solar. 24 Oct 2015

Solar car parks could become hot property
CARPORTS could be the next big thing in renewable energy if a new project in Brisbane proves successful.Yesterday, Australian Greens deputy leader Senator LarissaWaters launched Shakra Energy’s PA Central Solar Carpark in Buranda.
Boasting hundreds of solar panels on top of carports,it will generate clean power for a nearby retail and office building and will stop the release of more than 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution a year. 24 Oct 2015

Senators join solar carport unveiling
A RENEWABLE energy developer who wants to roll out solar carports at shopping centres across Queensland says he isn’t trying to take on the mining industry.Shakra Energy’s managing director Sam Khalil yesterday joined Greens senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Larissa Waters to unveil Australia’s “largest carport solar development” in Brisbane. 24 Oct 2015

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Steering a solar future
QUEENSLAND should capitalise on its reputation as the Sunshine State by rolling out solar carparks to generate sustainable power, a renewable energy developer says.Shakra Energy’s managing director, Sam Khalil, who opened the state’s first such centre at Buranda yesterday,said it made sense shopping centres should be able to use sunlit carports to generate their own power, saving them money and providing shade for customer’s vehicles. 24 Oct 2015

Sunshine State needs solar carparks
QUEENSLAND should capitalise on its reputation as the Sunshine State by rolling out solar carparks to generate sustainable power, a renewable energy developer says.Shakra Energy’s managing director, Sam Khalil, who opened the state’s first such centre at Buranda yesterday,said it made sense shopping centres should be able to use sunlit carports to generate their own power, saving them money and providing shade for customer’s vehicles. 24 Oct 2015

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