Svitzer Australias solar panel investment pays back in Brisbane
Monday, 7 June 2021
Earlier this year, Svitzer commissioned an 86kW solar power generation project at its new office in Brisbane, Queensland.
When operating at capacity, the system will provide around 40 per cent of the total electricity required for the office building, the five tugs at the adjacent berths and workshops, and is estimated to avoid the emission of more than 100 tonnes of CO2 per year.
With an average of 2,880 hours of sunshine per year, over 20 years remaining on the lease and plenty of roof capacity, Svitzer’s site at the Port of Brisbane was identified as an ideal location to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Svitzer Australia’s Managing Director, Nicolaj Noes
“The switching on of the 86kW system in our Brisbane operation is quite a milestone for Svitzer. It represents the first of many steps toward more sustainable, nature-driven power options and reduced reliance on the power grid in our port locations.”
Svitzer Australia’s Port Manager for Brisbane, Andy Perry
“The newly installed 86 kW solar system is generating enough energy to supply 40 per cent of the power for our Brisbane operation’s five tugs, offices and workshop.
“Since the system’s installation in March, over 15 tonnes of CO2 have been saved, which is equivalent to the amount absorbed by 5,100 trees”.
The system is estimated to have a payback period of around seven years. The site development in Brisbane also included electric car charging stations.
Last year, Svitzer committed an initial $500,000 AU investment in emissions-reducing technology and initiatives across its Australian business. Svitzer is investigating the suitability of additional vital ports, including Newcastle, Albany, Port Kembla, and other Australian ports.