Move to build grid-scale solar on industrial rooftops across Australia

Source: The Age

14th January 2021

The former Ford and General Motors Holden sites will soon become part of a network of rooftop solar farms and grid-scale batteries as part of a joint venture between Australia’s largest commercial and industrial real estate owner and a renewable energy company.

Ross Pelligra, chairman of the property giant Pelligra Group, said his organisation will give CEP Energy access to 10 million square metres of rooftop space it owns around the country, allowing the group to sell discounted energy directly to tenants engaged in power-hungry manufacturing processes, and to sell excess power to the grid.

Eventually rooftop solar could be deployed at thousands of sites around the country, but the first grid-scale sites to be developed include the former Ford plant in Geelong, Victoria, the General Motors Holden plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, and another undisclosed site in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

Within five years CEP Energy aims to build capacity to generate 1500 megawatts of power, with 1000 megawatts of battery storage – enough to power around 600,000 homes.

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