World-leading solar PV module manufacturer Yingli Solar has supplied Australia Post with 1,051 solar photovoltaic panels for the installation of a 284 kWp solar power system.
Supplied through solar PV system solution provider, Photon Energy Australia, the PV panels were installed at StarTrack House, Australia Post’s New South Wales Headquarters at Strawberry Hills in Sydney over three months.
The solar power system installed by Photon Energy using Yingli Solar’s panels is designed to produce 370 MWh of electricity per annum, enough to reduce the carbon impact of the facility by around 325 tonnes and the electricity costs by over $65,000 each year based on current prices.
The solar installation supports Australia Post’s long-term ‘Carbon Reduction Strategy’, which aims to achieve a 25 percent reduction in their 2000 level emissions by 2020. Australia Post decided to go solar after identifying electricity usage as one of the key contributors to their carbon footprint. The solar PV system is also expected to improve the building’s 2.5 Stars NABERS energy rating to 5 Stars cost-effectively. Incorporating Yingli Solar’s proprietary n-type silicon technology, the Yingli PANDA panels have an average cell efficiency of 19 percent.
Photon Energy also took a unique approach to the engineering and design of the system as the building had limited roof space. Additionally, the use of Yingli Solar’s high efficiency PANDA modules featuring innovative n-type silicon technology provides high energy outputs especially in low light conditions such as mornings, evenings or cloudy days.
Daman Cole, Managing Director for Yingli Green Energy in Australia explains that solar power is important for businesses such as Australia Post that seek to reduce their reliance on grid electricity and minimise carbon footprint. He adds that Yingli Solar’s proprietary n-type silicon technology known as PANDA is ideal for maximising energy yield.
Australia Post’s Head of Environmental Sustainability, Andrew Sellick said that the organisation seeks to lead in environmental sustainability, driving clean energy and efficiency initiatives across their 1,200 facilities.