ALDI Solar System installed at Brendale, QLD

A press release by Epho Commercial Solar Energy this morning announced that they have completed installation of a 1MW PV solar system on top of ALDI’s distribution centre at Brendale, QLD. The ALDI solar system is now live and is expected to offset the equivalent amount of carbon to planting 30,000 trees or taking 422 cars off the road each year. 

ALDI Solar System at Brendale

1MW Aldi Solar System at Brendale Distribution Centre
1MW Aldi Solar System at Brendale Distribution Centre (source: app.com.au)

The 1MW PV solar rooftop at the ALDI Brendale Distribution centre will generate 1.45 million kwH (1,454Mwh) and was installed by Epho, using over 20km of cabling and 3,400 solar panels. It was installed while the distribution centre was in use – making the installation a bit tricky and requiring expert installers. Epho has previously worked with ALDI via a commercial solar pilot program in 2016, where stores in NSW and VIC had smaller solar systems installed. 

Epho Operations Manager Luke Butterworth expounded further on the install in the media release: “To meet ALDI’s stringent requirements and maintain its award-winning customer experience, each ALDI installation needed to happen in a ‘ghost-like’ manner with minimal disturbance to the normal operation to ALDI’s business,” said Mr Butterworth. “The 1MW project allowed Epho to demonstrate every facet of our turnkey solar power solution to our customer, from project management, to stakeholder management, engineering and operations as well as work health and safety.”

Dr Oliver Hartley, Epho’s MD, was similarly excited, noting in the press release that “Solar power is a perfect fit for supermarkets and these large commercial solar systems can supply a significant chunk of the electricity needs for stores and distribution centres with free and clean renewable energy for years to come.”

It’s estimated that the system will fully cover the facility’s power requirements on a sunny day (and there are plenty of those in Queensland!)

Commercial Solar in Australia

Back in September, we reported on the growing trend of private businesses installing solar power on their premises, noting that commercial solar installs are up 60% in the last year and a half. 

Installs such as the Brisbane Aiport Solar System,  Complete Office Supplies’ private solar investment, and the Mitani Group’s commercial solar installation in South Australia are becoming commonplace as commercial solar grows as a financially viable option to protect against rapidly rising electricity costs. Great to see ALDI following suit and we’re sure there will be many more to come as Australia continues its renewable energy revolution. 

Complete Office Supplies Private Solar Investment

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

Complete Office Supplies Private Solar Investment
Complete Office Supplies Logo (source: cos.net.au)

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.