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Enerven to play major role in historic solar project

Enerven has continued its exponential growth in the delivery of renewable projects, winning a major role in the largest investment in solar PV for shopping centres in Australian history.

Vicinity Centres is investing $28m on solar PV at five centres across SA and WA to generate upwards of 17.4GWh of energy each year.
Enerven will be responsible for electrical infrastructure at the three South Australian shopping centres including:

• Castle Plaza (Edwardstown) 2,244 kW and 500 kWh battery
• Elizabeth City Centre (Elizabeth) 5,849 kW
• Kurralta Park (Kurralta Park, SA) 100 kW

The Vicinity Centres project will see panels installed on the rooftops of centres and across a series of car park shades, making this the largest car park solar installation in Australia with more than 2,400 covered bays.

Ben Birch, Strategic Development Manager at Enerven, said the project represented some important firsts for Australian shopping centres.
“The installation at Elizabeth City Centre is the largest single rooftop solar installation in any shopping centre in the country at 5.8 megawatts, while Castle Plaza will host Australia’s largest battery installation at a shopping centre,” he said.
“That gives a good indication of the size and scale of this project, while the benefits it will deliver in terms of lower energy costs and carbon emissions will be just as significant.
“We are thrilled to be involved in such a landmark project.”

The Vicinity Centres contract comes hot on the heels of Enerven being awarded a tender from SA Water for a 4.2MW solar project that will help the utility drive toward its goal to be electricity cost neutral by June 2020.

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Concept of covered parking - credit Vicinity Centres