Cleanaway’s Wingfield Liquids site goes solar

Our pilot site has transitioned to solar power ahead of a nationwide rollout at key Cleanaway facilities.

Industry Updates

February 18, 2020

Highlights

The site is the first in a program to transition almost 30 sites to solar power in 2020 that is expected to result in energy savings of up to $2 million each year.

Highlights

The site is the first in a program to transition almost 30 sites to solar power in 2020 that is expected to result in energy savings of up to $2 million each year.

Our Wingfield Liquids site has transitioned to solar power this month as part of a $10 million investment to become more energy efficient. The site is the first in a program to transition almost 30 sites to solar power in 2020 that is expected to result in energy savings of up to $2 million each year.

Wingfield Branch Manager David Leaney was proud to announce the completion of the installation. He explained, “We have been looking at ways to reduce our energy footprint and, given the roof area we have at Wingfield, solar was an obvious choice. After internal consultations we selected Wingfield to be a pilot site to install a 99kW system, as part of a broader rollout to other Cleanaway sites.”

“The project was managed by ERM Power and the installation and commissioning were completed by local contractors. The system went live on 5 February once all the statutory and regulatory checks were completed. I am very happy with how the project has progressed and look forward to reaping the benefits in reducing our carbon footprint and energy cost.”

Last year, Cleanaway worked in partnership with ERM Power to develop a carbon emissions reduction roadmap that is targeting a 50% reduction in energy emissions over the next two years. The roadmap includes a plan to install solar panels on rooftops at almost 30 Cleanaway sites and upgrade our top five energy-consuming sites at Homebush, Wetherill Park, Rutherford, Narangba and Campbellfield.

The solar project is being implemented by ERM Power in two phases and is expected to be completed in December this year. It is estimated to reduce our energy footprint by 9,300 tonnes per annum, or 30%, equivalent to emissions from 1,720 homes.

The implementation of phase one sites is in full swing while the project planning of phase two projects has begun.

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