The Araluen Arts Centre is the fifth and final of Alice Solar City’s Iconic projects, comprising a 180kW rooftop PV system.
The initial installation of 162kW was completed in November 2012 will be extended by another 18kW on east facing roof space by March 2013, bringing the building's total capacity to 180kW.
Designed by CAT Projects and installed by Ingenero Pty Ltd, the full system consists of 720 solar modules, covering almost all available north, east and west facing roof spaces on the main building; over 1100 square metres. The photovoltaic modules from Q.cells are each of 250 Watt capacity, and have a striking all-black finish.
The system is expected to generate 330 MWh of electricity and save 231 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum, enough to power 39 Alice Springs homes.
The Araluen Arts Centre joins the Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs Airport, Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the Uterne Solar Power Station to make up the portfolio of large-scale Iconic solar installations around Alice Springs that have been a major component of the Alice Solar City project.
“This is a very exciting part of the Alice Solar City legacy, and we congratulate the Northern Territory Government and the team at Araluen on maintaining their commitment to Araluen becoming an energy efficient and solar powered centre for the Arts in Alice Springs”, says Alice Solar City General Manager Sam Latz.
Energy efficiency has also been a focus at Araluen, with the installation of a new, efficient air conditioning system, LED lighting, and a smart device called a ‘power factor corrector’, which will reduce the amount of ‘phantom’ electrical current (required by electrical motors, air‐compressors etc) running during the peak times. An interpretive display within the Arts Centre allows visitors to understand the operation of the solar system and its benefits to the facility.
The makeover is expected to save the Arts Centre around $90,000 a year in energy costs, reducing carbon emissions by more than 200 tonnes a year.
Read the Alice Solar City media release here
Read the Department of Arts and Musueums NTG media release here
Read the Ingenero media release here
Read the Q.CELLS media release here
Read the Ingenero fact sheet here
Read the Q.CELLS case study here
Read a media release of the tender announcement here. .