Endeavour Energy has announced plans to harness the power of the sun on 13 of its work sites by installing 1.9 megawatts of solar power – enough to power 400 homes.
The solar power systems will be installed at Endeavour Energy’s Huntingwood head office and 12 field support centres spread across Western Sydney, the Illawarra and Southern Highlands.
Endeavour Energy’s general manager Safety, Human Resources & Environment Andrew Pitman said Endeavour Energy is joining two million other Australian customers who have installed solar systems to reduce their power bills and greenhouse footprint.
“Commercial solar has really taken off in Australia, turning worksites like ours into clean power stations to reduce our operating costs and carbon emissions,” Mr Pitman said.
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“We expect to shave up to 40 per cent off our existing electricity bills on these sites and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 1778 tonnes per year.
“Running our business as efficiently as possible keeps downward pressure on our network charges, which make up a third of an average customers’ household electricity bill.”
Mr Pitman said the new solar power systems would help Endeavour Energy gain more practical experience about the integration of solar power into its network.
“Investment in solar will help transition our network to a vastly different energy future,” Mr Pitman said.
“It is the latest of several initiatives underway to integrate emerging technologies like solar, batteries and electric vehicles into our network to cater for our customers’ energy needs.
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“This is one of the most dynamic periods of transformation in our industry. More than 130,000 customers have already connected solar power systems to Endeavour Energy’s network to improve their energy efficiency and generate their own electricity.
“By 2037, nearly half of the energy supplied in the National Electricity Market will come from widely dispersed renewable sources.”
The solar power systems will be installed by Todae Solar in a phased manner over the next two years.