AusPost picks solar for savings

Australia Post is installing solar panels at its Sydney Parcel Facility in Chullora, investing $3m for quoted savings of $800,000 yearly.

It will be the country's largest single-roof solar panel installation, spanning over 11,000 square meters.

Solar technology has seen an uptake within the print industry as energy costs balloon, in the past month alone Australian Printer has spoken to Excel Australasia, Tafeda Fine Papers and Instant Colour Press about their solar systems for printing.

Janelle Hopkins, chief financial officer, Australian Post, says the solar panels would directly power the country's busiest parcel sorting centre.

"The solar power installation will reduce our operational costs, enabling us to invest more in the products and services our customers want from Australia Post.

"This installation is the 49th solar-equipped site within Australia Post's network, which combined will generate 5,000MWh of renewable electricity every year – enough to power 820,000 homes.

"Our investments in improving energy and cost efficiency of our buildings have already saved us $40m. This project is a strong example of our commitment towards leading with environmentally sustainable business outcomes.”

Covering the equivalent area of nine Olympic swimming pools, the 2.1MW installation will save 2,200 tonnes of carbon emissions from the environment every year, the same as taking 468 cars off the road.

AusPost completed the installation last month, the solar panels are set to go live by the end of the year.

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