Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a large crystalline silicon PV module manufacturer, is collaborating with Sydney Theatre Company (STC) to install a solar power system using Pluto technology at a capacity of 500kW. Upon completion in 2010, it will be one of the largest rooftop installations in Australia and will reduce STC’s power grid draw by 70%.
Sydney Theatre Company’s installation of this state-of-the-art PV array is only part of the Greening the Wharf project, which includes other energy efficiency measures and a rainwater harvesting, storage and reticulation program. It is estimated that over 25 years the project will generate 10,350MWh of solar power.
This project has been supported via donations from the family foundation of Dr. Zhengrong and Vivienne Shi and the Australian government, along with technical support from the University of New South Wales. Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Chairman and CEO, remarked “It is a pleasure to support one of the cultural centrepieces of Sydney to reduce its carbon footprint through these sustainability initiatives…There is enormous potential for solar to sustainably [sic] power our energy needs and we will continue collaborating with the University of NSW in connection with new generations of technology that facilitate more widespread adoption of solar.”