The Royal Australia Mint may soon become one of Canberra's largest solar-power arrays.

Managers at the mint have asked energy companies to look into the possibility of installing solar cells on the building’s 900 square-metre roof.

Solar companies have also been invited to submit initial design proposals for the scheme.

The distinguished 50-year old building is regarded as one of the finest examples of stripped classical Australian architecture and has been nominated for heritage listing.

Before the solar project is approved, the mint’s managers will work with the building’s landlord to ensure that the system would not detract from or compromise the original building.

A report published last year listed the mint as one of the government's most energy-intensive workplaces.

It is hoped the addition of the solar farm will help reduce the building’s greenhouse emissions and electricity costs through environmentally sustainable energy.

Courtesy The Canberra Times