Complete Office Supplies have invested $1m in rooftop PV solar at their Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane location, according to Stationery News. The sites have been developed by Sun Connect. With many large scale solar farms being announced lately, it’s great to hear more about private solar investment.
Private Solar Investment – COS
The project will be constructed on 8,390 square metres of warehouse space at the three aforementioned locations. This space will house 1,500 PV solar panels.
The three sites will produce 611MWh of solar energy per annum, which is enough to account for 80% of COS’ power usage. Installing this large scale PV solar will reduce their carbon emissions by 532 tonnes a year – which is equal to removing 133 cars from the roads or growing 3191 mature trees. This energy generation will be reflected by the installation of a live widget on the Complete Office Supplies website which will show how much energy the panels are creating and keep a running tally of the investment.
Although this option may not be feasible for some companies, where, for example, shareholders demand immediate results – the Managing Director of COS, Dominique Lyone, was quoted as saying “as COS is privately owned we have the freedom to make long-term decisions that may not have an immediate return on investment.” The CEO of Sun Connect, Mark Tuke, was also full of praise for the project – noting that “COS’ investment in solar technology demonstrates its level of genuine commitment to sustainable energy solutions. This level of investment is rare within the private sector and it is encouraging to see the environmental leadership by COS to drive positive change for a sustainable future. This was one of the largest commercial solar panel installations undertaken by Sun Connect.”
We’ve embedded a video below where you can learn more about the installation – kudos to COS and the team for their forward thinking stance and we’re sure it’ll pay off handsomely.