Solar is top down under
Australians are among the most ecologically aware and energy savvy nations on earth. Over 1 million private homes have solar panels on their roof and, in New South Wales (NSW), an astonishing 25% of residents have solar installations.
“It’s not just private citizens who are waking up to the advantages of solar energy. Regional leaders of NSW have set plans in motion to generate 33% of the region’s electricity by 2020 and other states are not that far behind. Most intend to achieve an average of 20% renewable power in the same period,” said Daniel Ruoss of Canadian Solar Australia.
Canadian Solar recently completed a 100 kW installation in Windsor, Sydney NSW, it has also implemented similar size projects for the Continental Corporation in Melbourne and Mega Life Sciences in Packenham, Victoria. All projects featured Canadian Solar’s highly successful CS6P-P modules.
“At all times through specification, quotation, installation and final commissioning, Canadian Solar provided a complete and professional service. We are happy to recommend Canadian Solar as a provider of equipment which will decrease the dependence of manufacturing companies on fossil fuels,” said John W. Farley, Managing Director of Mega Lifesciences Pty Ltd.
His sentiments were echoed by Angie Angelovski, CEO of Continental Corporation, who said: “At Continental we are committed to reduce our energy consumption and improve our energy efficiency with a systematic and continuous improvement process. We were pleased to be able to deal with an international company with strong experience in solar installation. Once engaged Canadian Solar provided an efficient, professional service and we would be happy to use them again.”
On far larger scale, Canadian Solar is currently implementing a 3.6 MW installation across seven sites for IKEA in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. Together they will eventually generate enough clean energy to offset approximately 4,000 tons of CO2 every year.
In the public sector most state governments are also committed to doing what they can for the environment by installing solar panels on as many of their buildings as possible. In addition they intend to supplement these with other renewables like wind farms. As indicated above, it is NSW that is showing the way. “We’re making NSW number one in renewable energy and environmental policy,” said Environment Minister Rob Stokes at the Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney. “When it comes to clean energy, we can be Australia’s answer to California,” he said, referring to the US state's goal of achieving 33 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. Australia’s Energy Efficiency Council said it applauded NSW's leadership. “Other governments around Australia should watch what NSW is doing and follow its lead,” said chief executive Rob Murray-Leach.
APVI video on the Australian solar market featuring Daniel Ruoss, country manager Canadian Solar Australia.