The coast's largest solar project unveiled
THE BACHRACH Naumburger Group's $1.3-million investment in solar energy, including a 550-kilowatt solar system, on top of Park Beach Plaza is being heralded as the largest solar rooftop installation on the mid and north coasts.
The massive installation has seen a total of 1679 solar panels mounted on the roof of Park Beach Plaza.
That's a bank of 554kW of power, that will generate 850,000kWh a year, which is equal to the equivalent consumption of about 116 homes in New South Wales.
While the installation will massively reduce the plaza's environmental footprint as one of the largest consumers of electricity in Coffs Harbour, the great news is the project has been completed by local firm Mega Watt Power, which is continuing solar roll-outs to BNG's other commercial premises.
"Solar has come a long way and we have been looking into solar as a company for 10 years. We have done our homework and it's been great to partner with Megawatt Power, as renewable energy is the future," the Bachrach Naumburger Group's Mick Carah said.
"The return on investment is important and we believe we will pay this investment off in four to five years.
Mega Watt Power has also overseen two solar projects at BNG's Gateway House (370 panels), and the Dubbo Orana Mall (1224 panels), and is now looking to complete installations at the company's Brisbane-owned properties and the recently acquired Jetty Shopping Village.
"As a local Coffs Harbour business this was by far our largest project to date.
"We have been operating in the area for over 30 years and really this is the pinnacle," Mega Watt Power's managing director, Peter Bulanyi, said.
"With the background work and the engineering and the expertise, there is a lot of time, effort and work behind this - it's a great outcome for both companies and the local community."