The Sydney Markets in Flemington has switched on the largest rooftop solar array for a private company in the southern hemisphere.
The system comprises 8594 solar panels with a capacity of more than 3MW.
The $8.9 million array will provide approximately 11 per cent of Sydney Markets’ annual site power consumption.
Sydney Markets chairman John Pearson said there is the capacity to go even further.
“Sydney Markets has additional roof capacity to more than triple the generation of this solar system,” he said.
“We may ￼continue to build upon and expand this system to meet our future energy needs.
“We are committed to reducing waste, decreasing our carbon footprint and prioritising environmental conservation and sustainability.”
Sydney Markets CEO Brad Latham said the project was the latest addition to Sydney Markets’ renowned sustainability programs.
“We are very proud of our environmental achievements. In the past 17 years Sydney Markets has been a leader in waste recycling achieving upwards of 70 per cent recycling of all waste onsite, which not only benefits the environment but also saves our company over $1 million each year,” he said.
“This solar system will enable us to generate sustainable energy, as well as drastically reduce our carbon footprint.
“In order to extract the same amount of CO2 from the atmosphere 676 hectares of trees would need to be planted each year.”
Last year, Sydney Markets constructed a purpose-built 640kW solar car park.