ALAND and Energy Trade delivered a solar and battery storage solution for the ‘Bottlebrush’ Schofield Gardens apartment complex in Greater Western Sydney.
The residential development in Schofield was officially opened last week by The Hon Ben Franklin MLC, New South Wales’ Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts.
According to a media release, apartment owners and tenants traditionally have been unable to access the benefits of on-site solar PV (photovoltaic) and energy storage solutions. Community energy network provider Energy Trade and property developer ALAND’s partner project aims to change this by delivering a fully financed renewable energy solution that is set to remain price competitive over the long term.
Energy Trade developed, installed and commissioned 201 kilowatts of solar PV and 24 Tesla Powerwalls. Bottlebrush now houses the largest Powerwall installation in a residential building in Australia.
“This is just the beginning,” says Energy Trade sales director Darren Read. “We live in the perfect environment to benefit from solar and batteries and with this flagship development Energy Trade is truly leading the way.”
Energy captured by the PV system is stored in the Powerwalls, which are configured to discharge at peak usage times to reduce the amount of energy used from the grid.
The Tesla Powerwalls have a combined total of 324 kilowatt hours of storage capacity, which is sufficient to meet the entire power load of the Bottlebrush complex, at average usage, for more than five hours.
The solar PV system is expected to achieve 203 tonnes per annum of carbon dioxide abatement and 70 megawatt hours of power generation per annum. Once fully occupied, approximately 45 percent of the overall site power load is expected to be met by carbon-free electricity generated and stored on-site.