Two key green energy measures are being implemented at the Stockland Green Hills as part of the $414 million redevelopment project.

Located in East Maitland, the Stockland Green Hills shopping centre has partnered with Todae Solar to install a $2.8 million rooftop solar power system. Comprising of 5480 solar panels that will cover a roof area of approximately 27,000 square metres, the 1.863 MW system is expected to generate approximately 2,770,000 kWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power 295 homes.

Stockland Green Hills project director Peter Hugh says that the solar project will help create clean, green energy for their retailers and customers as well as the community. He added that solar had an important role in Australia’s transition to a lower carbon energy future.

Observing that the shopping centre solar project was the second industry-leading installation in their partnership, Todae Solar CEO Danin Kahn says they were delighted to continue their relationship with a company that was ambitious and serious about reducing their carbon footprint.

Stockland has committed to a $23.5 million national investment in Australia’s largest ever retail property solar program. The company is currently installing more than 39,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, comparable in size to more than nine rugby fields, across ten retail centres around the country to produce about 17.2 GWh of energy every year – equivalent to driving an electric car around the world 2,381 times.

Another green energy measure from Stockland – electric vehicle charging facilities – is currently being rolled out for Maitland with the installation of the first EV chargers. From 22 March, two Tesla Destination chargers and two Chargepoint charging stations will be located in the car park accessible from the corner of Stronach Avenue and available to customers for free.

Since 2015, Stockland has installed 33 Tesla and 22 Chargepoint free charging facilities in up to 19 locations throughout Australia, which were used more than 3,500 times by customers.

Stockland owns and manages the most Green Star rated shopping centres in Australia and has Australia’s first retail portfolio with a Green Star Performance rating.