Australia Launches Landmark Solar Project in Sydney

Australia Launches Landmark Solar Project in Sydney

Australia has launched a solar panel project that is powering Sydney's new Kogarah Town Square Development and preventing around 300 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere each year, according to government estimates.

The Howard Government provided Kogarah Council with $1.6 million from its Renewable Energy Commercialization Program to install Building Integrated Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Town Square development and a range of water and energy conservation measures throughout the building. These measures were funded under the Howard Government's Living Cities Program.

"The BIPV system is now fully operational on this visionary building which incorporates residential apartments, commercial and council owned buildings," Dr Kemp said.

"The solar panels alone will save 145 tons of greenhouse gases a year. Together with innovative design and a range of water and energy conservation measures put in place, the Kogarah Town Square project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 300 tons per year and deliver a 42% saving in water usage."

The innovative water recycling system includes tanks that regulate discharges into the stormwater system. This will play an important part in reducing pollution entering the Cooks River and Botany Bay and helping to improve and maintain water quality in the local area.

Dr Kemp said conservation measures featured in the development include water efficient toilets, showerheads, flow restrictors and aerating taps, and the use of passive solar design and energy efficient lighting and appliances.

"It is inspiring to see such a large-scale and successful demonstration of environmentally sustainable design principles put into practice," he said.

"This project demonstrates the success of building government/industry partnerships with the ultimate goal of accomplishing sustainable development and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Dr Kemp said Australia is a world leader in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the Howard Government investing almost $1 billion to tackle climate change.

"The Howard Government will continue to develop and invest in domestic programs to meet the target agreed to at Kyoto of limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 108% of 1990 levels over the period 2008 to 2012," he said.

"By the end of this decade, the Howard Government's $1 billion greenhouse abatement programs will deliver about 60 million tons annually in emissions reductions -- the equivalent of taking all passenger cars off Australia's roads. This forms a strong platform for further greenhouse gas abatement."