The installation of 1876 Risen Energy panels for Blacktown City Council by solar installer Solar Professionals, has been completed. This project is Australia’s largest rooftop solar Power Price Agreement (PPA) installation and also the first of its kind for local government in Australia, whereby the system is paid, installed and operated by a single solar provider.
The 707kW project was completed on Friday, October 9 and is across 16 sites, including leisure and aquatic centres, libraries, childcare and community centres. This project will contribute to the reduction of Blacktown City Council’s electricity use by nearly three per cent per year, and their power bill by $170,000 per year.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM mentioned that the Council acknowledges that Australia is in a state of climate emergency and that they are committed to a target of 100 per cent renewable electricity for council operations by 2025.
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He recognised the importance of going solar stating, “Doubling our solar generation capacity will contribute greatly to meeting that target by increasing our use of solar electricity and reducing emissions”.
Risen Energy (Australia)’s general manager Eric Lee said Risen is thrilled to supply their panels to this initiative and that he has full confidence in the reliability of Risen panels.
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“Risen is heartened that our panels will play a part in supporting the council in achieving their target of 100 per cent renewable energy for Council operations by 2025, as this is also in line with our vision of a 100 per cent green future,” Mr Lee said.
Solar Professionals managing director Daniel Kimber said, “This is a significant project for both Solar Professionals and Blacktown City Council, and we were excited to partner with Risen Energy to deliver Council’s 700kW solar installation”.
He added that Risen panels were a great choice for this initiative and that the economic and environmental benefits of this landmark solar project will benefit Blacktown City Council for years to come.