The ACT Property Group engaged ITP Renewables to assess the feasibility of a solar power system mounted on carpark shading at the National Arboretum Canberra. One of the key requirements of the project was an aesthetic in line with its award-winning architecture.
The driver for the project was the reduction in grid electricity and gas costs at the site, in line with the ACT Government’s renewable energy and gas replacement policies. The study investigated the following: Installation of PV on carpark shading structures at the Village Centre (for a “net zero” scenario and an economic optimum scenario) Expected costs of installing the PV system in areas not slated for tree growth, and running a cable back to the Village Centre Installation of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to offset peak usage and shift grid consumption to off-peak times Replacement of the gas-fired in-slab heating and water heating with a heat pump.
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