Suntech has supplied 240 solar panels for a 48kW rooftop installation on the Town Hall in Sydney, Australia. The installation marks the first use of Suntech’s Pluto technology in the country.
“The heart of Sydney is a fantastic location for the first Pluto-powered solar installation in Australia,” said Dr. Stuart Wenham, Suntech CTO and director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at UNSW. “Suntech’s collaborations with Australian research institutions remain central to the growth of solar energy in Australia and around the world.”
The modules, which were installed and integrated by Stowe Electrical, will power the Town Hall and the Council Chambers. The installation is part of an AUS$18 million plan to improve the energy efficiency of city-owned properties in Sydney.
“Our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan is to provide 25% of our energy needs from renewable sources and reduce demand for power from coal- fired plants,” said the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, “The solar installation on Town Hall demonstrates that new green technology can be incorporated into heritage buildings.”
Suntech is also working closely with Swinburne University of Technology on the development of nanoplasmonic solar cells, which could potentially increase the efficiency of solar cells by enabling them to absorb a much broader spectrum of light. Suntech has pledged AUS$3 million to help fund the advanced research performed at Swinburne’s new Advanced Technology Centre.
Image source: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au