Australia Unveils 1MW Solar Power Plant

6 September 2009 (Last Updated September 6th, 2009 18:30)

The massive solar power plant has been completed in South Australia to supply enough power to meet 40% of an Adelaide large multi-purpose venue’s energy requirements. Solar power installer Solar Shop Australia together with building and engineering firm Built Environs built the solar pa

The massive solar power plant has been completed in South Australia to supply enough power to meet 40% of an Adelaide large multi-purpose venue’s energy requirements.

Solar power installer Solar Shop Australia together with building and engineering firm Built Environs built the solar panels and related systems at the Showground venue.

The project was complete two months ahead of schedule.

Solar Shop Australia managing director Adrian Ferraretto said that the solar station is projected to generate nearly 1,435MWh of energy annually; enough to power 250 houses.

The eco-friendly system will prevent the release of 1,400 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The project was erected using a rack-loading system with the solar panels stacked on pallets, lifted onto the roof by crane and then distributed via trolleys on framing rails.

A clip-on extrusion framing system minimised the number of holes that needed to be drilled in the roof. To install the panels, drilling rigs were custom-made for each of the major roofs, while cloth and mesh screens prevented drilling waste from entering the stormwater collection system, said Solar Shop Australia.