Delivering a sustainable future: Australia’s largest solar panel installation

by Tiffany Paczek
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The city of Sydney is leading the charge towards a sustainable future as home to Australia’s largest solar panel installation.

Market-leading window coverings brand, Luxaflex Window Fashions, is continuing to raise industry standards revealing a 2080-strong solar panel installation on the roof of its Sydney manufacturing facility.

The major installation is the largest install of Sunpower P19 panels in the world and the first of its kind for the window covering industry in Australia. It will see the company generate more than 29 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy across its 30-year project life. This is the equivalent of powering over 4600 homes, planting over 600,000 trees, saving over 24,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and over 8000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Jenny Brown, national marketing manager of Luxaflex Window Fashions, says, “This significant investment in green energy is yet another step in our commitment to sustainability, and responsible development is evidenced by our continuous efforts to address environmental concerns, improve production processes, eliminate waste and reduce maintenance.”

Most Luxaflex products are still proudly manufactured in Australia, ensuring the 54,880-square metre Sydney facility is a thriving hub of activity where thousands of window coverings are created and distributed nationwide every week.

“We are strongly committed to a sustainable future through initiatives that support the environment and local economy,” says Brown.
“This install is notable for the cutting edge technology and the exceptional return on investment it will yield within five years. It has also created jobs for local workers to bring this impressive project to life.”

Luxaflex Window Fashions consistently plays to its unique strengths of rich heritage and superior quality products, while constantly innovating to ensure it stays ahead of trends. For over 65 years the brand’s window treatments and advanced operating systems have been designed to help reduce energy loss, save on heating and cooling costs to create more energy efficient and comfortable homes and offices.

“Developed in response to the energy crisis of the late 1970s, our Duette Honeycomb Shades were an industry innovation and the first product of its kind. The latest model of the design, the Luxaflex Duette Architella Ménage Shades, are a chic window covering that provides more insulation than any other window covering on the market. The unique design features a patented cell-within-a-cell construction, with six layers of fabric creating five insulating air pockets to trap air for superior energy efficiency. Independent modelling has shown that these particular Shades can reduce an average home’s heating costs by up to 49 percent,” Brown says.

The installation was managed by Smart Commercial Solar and also features a new model of inverter, the SMA Core 1.

Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Ménage Shades with 38-millimetre block-out fabric in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate, in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on the window type and installation.

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Images courtesy of Luxaflex.

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