Adelaide, Australia [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] A one megawatt solar system will be installed on the roof of the new Goyder Pavilion, the centerpiece of the Adelaide Showgrounds upgrade in Adelaide, Australia, South Australian Premier Mike Rann has announced. According to Rann the AU $8 million [US $6.83 million] project would be the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic installation in Australia, five times the size of the next largest installation at Melbourne’s Victoria Markets.
The project will include the installation of approximately 10,000 square meters of solar panels that could generate 1,400 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar electricity per year. The South Australian Government said that its decision to contribute to this project represents the next step forward in its leadership program.
A solar installation of this size is likely to generate enough power to meet all of the power requirements of the new Goyder Pavilion and well over one-third of the annual electricity needs of the Showgrounds as a whole. With less than 8 percent of Australia’s population, South Australia has about 40 percent of the nation’s grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity. This installation comes on top of the roll-out of solar panels on major public buildings, such as the South Australian Museum, State Library, Art Gallery and Parliament House, as well as the Adelaide Airport and on 250 public schools across the State as part of the Solar Schools Program.