Today, Sydney markets announced that they have switched on Australia’s largest rooftop solar installation. Autonomous Energy recently completed construction of a solar panel array covering a carpark and this, combined with existing rooftop solar panels, brings their total number of solar panels to 8600. This gives the market the capacity to generate more that 3MW, enough energy to power about 730 homes annually. They estimate the reduction in emissions is the equivalent to 4900 tonnes of CO2 each year.
As the market still has plenty of unused roof surface, there are plans to expand its solar arrays in the future.
Sydney Markets also has an extensive recycling program and sends waste to be processed in a bioreactor to produce additional renewable electricity.