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October 26, 2015

Adelaide airport to tap solar power with new rooftop system

Adelaide airport is developing Australia’s largest airport rooftop solar installation on its car parking area, to reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions by 10%.

By Prasanth Katam

Rooftop

Adelaide airport is developing Australia’s largest airport rooftop solar installation on its car parking area, to reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions by 10%.

The solar system, which will be built by Solgen Energy, will be ten times larger than the existing farm at the airport, and will increase the total solar rooftop solar capacity to 1.28MW.

The airport’s domestic and international terminals already carry solar panels on their roofs. The 114kW solar system was commissioned in 2008.

Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said: "The solar system, made up of 4,500 panels, will be big enough to power the equivalent of more than 300 homes.

"This solar system significantly reduces our energy consumption, while assisting the state government in achieving its renewable energy targets"

"This solar system significantly reduces our energy consumption, while assisting the state government in achieving its renewable energy targets.

"Earlier this year we became the first airport in Australia to be recognised by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme for optimising our management and reduction of carbon emissions.

Adelaide airport was certified with the accreditation in May. It is the seventh airport in the entire Asia-Pacific region to reach this level.

Work on the project will begin in December and be completed in 2016.

The solar array on the airport’s five-storey short-term car park rooftop will have 4,500 Trinasmart solar panels.

Operating independently through built-in Tigo Energy power optimisers, the panels can function at their maximum output irrespective of partial shading. The entire array can be shut down at panel level from a single switch, Solgen said.

The installation will utilise the SMA Sunny Tripower 60000TL solar inverter.

Power generated from the solar power system is expected to offset 100% of the car park’s electricity consumption, with the excess power diverted to meet the other needs of the airport.


Image: The project is expected to be completed in 2016. Photo: courtesy of Graur Codrin / Freedigitalphotos.net.

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